Balkan Business News Correspondent - 24.08.2011
Albania's Prime Minister Sali Berisha received Mr. Fatmir Besimi, Minister of Defense of (FYR) Macedonia who is on an official visit. Welcoming the guest, Albania's PM Berisha took the opportunity and asked the minister to convey friendly greetings to Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and chairman of the Democratic Union for Integration Ali Ahmeti.
And he wished to the new coalition government of (FYR) Macedonia successes in its mission. On his part, Mr. Besimi thanked the prime minister for the hospitality and also gave the friendliest greetings of PM Gruevski and DUI chairman Ali Ahmeti. During the meeting the interlocutors positively assessed the very good political relations between the two countries and reiterated the determination and the commitment of the two governments to build a better legal and road infrastructure so that to increase and promote cooperation in all the fields.
In this context, Minister Besimi informed Albania's PM Berisha that the (FYR) Macedonian government has been working on the railway project to connect by railway the two countries and the government agenda carries certain road projects to be implemented within the current mandate which will establish a connection with Arbri road, actually under construction in Albania, and thus cut the travel time between the two capitals.
During the meeting, the interlocutors also highlighted the vital importance of Corridor 8 about cooperation between the two countries, but even in regional scale. Speaking about cooperation in the field of defense, Mr. Besimi said he was happy and proud of holding his first official visit to Albania, a NATO member country and a fine example for all the countries of the region aspiring to get membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. Albania's PM Berisha reconfirmed Albania full support for (FYR) Macedonia membership into the NATO and pointed to the fact that (FYR) Macedonia has fulfilled the military criteria for becoming an Alliance member country, and further expressed the wish that the two neighbors and friendly countries, i.e. (FYR) Macedonia and Greece, find a solution to the ongoing dispute over the name the resolve of which would pave the way for (FYR) Macedonia full membership into the NATO.
Albania's PM Berisha and Minister Besimi also discussed on the recent developments in the region and focused on events in Kosova. Albania's PM Berisha re-expressed the government of Albania gratitude for the stand that the (FYR) Macedonian government took on the recent developments in the Northern area of Kosova and emphasized that the rigorous respect of the current borders in the region and the consolidation of the rule of law in all the territory of the Republic of Kosova create a necessary condition for the stability and security in the region as well as for the successful fight against crime and illegal trafficking. Likewise, the interlocutors reconfirmed that the European and Euro-Atlantic future of the region remains the major project of these peoples in the framework of their efforts for peace, security and cooperation in the region. Source: Government