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Friday, January 24, 2014
Fico of Slovakia: The Status for Albania, in June 24/01/2014
Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, during his visit in Tirana
offered the unconditioned support of his country for Albania’s European
Integration path and wider.
Fico is the first Slovakian
Prime Minister who visits our country. Together with some ministers of
the cabinet he leads, his conversation with Prime Minister Rama focused
on the help that Albania might profit from the integration processes in
economy and tourism.
In the joint press conference, Rama declared
that Slovakia is an example that needs to be followed for a good
governing and free enterprising.
“Slovakia is a good model for
the integration path. Slovakia is a clear reference for us in the Eu,
and Albania has the good luck to have a determined support from this
country. Albania is committed to intensify the dialogue with Slovakia,
and we have agreed to establish a joint group to identify the areas in
which Slovakia’s experience might help our country”, Rama declared.
Prime Minister, the government of the Slovakian Republic offers every
experience that we have profited from the integration process, and we
offer a complete support for the European ambitions of your country,
which are legal and justified. The Slovakian government has supported
your ambitions until December, and I am sorry for the decision that was
taken. This is the reason that we are certain that everything in June
will be where it should have been since last December. We are ready to
help your country, based on the assistance that we offer to several
countries, and establish a team of experts who will spend weeks and
months I your country, who will be available for you, because it is very
important to share our experience. We can hold a business forum in
Bratislava to see the chances that there might be. I must say that the
work done in the first three months of your governing were very
impressive as regards the very good steps that you have taken and that
you need to continue”, Fico declared.
Prime Minister Rama
declared that he hoped that Slovakia would recognize the state of
Kosovo, while his counterpart, when asked by Top Channel about what was
the obstacle for recognizing Kosovo, declared:
“I usually am very
direct to questions, and there is no reason to not do it. For the
moment, Slovakia sees no reason why we should change the stance with
Kosovo. We have welcomed and we support the dialogue of Belgrade with
Prishtina. There is a political stance held by the Slovakian government,
and that is to not take any decision that might make the life of the
people in Kosovo more difficult. We are very elastic with passports, and
we are following the developments. We will be happy to see an agreement
between Belgrade and Prishtina”, Fico underlined.