Croatia Supports Albania’s European Journey

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ZAGREB, March 2, 2020 – Croatia supports Albania’s European journey and wants the Zagreb Summit during its European Union presidency to become a watershed in EU-Western Balkan relations, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said on Monday.

The main topic of our talks is Albania’s European journey, he told reporters in Tirana, where he met with Albanian Foreign Minister Gent Cakaj.

With today’s visit, we wish to show “Croatia’s support on that journey,” Grlić Radman said, adding that Zagreb was pushing for opening the accession negotiations without delay.

Croatia wants the negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia to be opened during its presidency of the Council of the EU and an “important contribution” of Croatia to that goal will be the Council’s summit with Western Balkan states in Zagreb on May 6-7, he added.

Grlić Radman recalled that the summit would take place 20 years after the Zagreb Summit which opened Croatia’s European prospects, saying he expected a similar watershed for Albania and North Macedonia.

“We want our Zagreb Summit to become a watershed in the relations between the European Union and the Western Balkans,” he said.

According to an announcement by the Croatian Foreign Ministry, Grlić Radman is also to meet with Albanian President Ilir Meta and then go to Skopje, where he will give the same messages of support at a meeting with North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.

More news about relations between Croatia and Albania can be found in the Politics section.


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