Rama invites Turkey, Greece, Italy and Hungary to join the “Open Balkans” initiative

schedule11:43 - 2 Shtator, 2022

schedule 11:43 - 2 Shtator, 2022

Prime Minister Edi Rama invited Turkey, Greece, Italy and Hungary to join the Open Balkans initiative.

In his speech at today’s summit, Rama said that not only the countries of the region should join this initiative, but also countries such as Turkey, Greece, Italy and Hungary.

“I am happy to see Ambassador Chris Hill here in front of me, who, like all successful Americans who come to this region, knows his language and our language, so when you speak in their presence, make sure they understand us not only in English, but they also understand us when we speak our language.

I am also very pleased that here today with us are two very important friends for us, who represent two equally important countries for our region, the foreign minister of Turkey, our friend and my dear friend Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, whom I want to thank for his presence.

Turkey is an irreplaceable strategic partner of Albania, but also an ally of all positive processes in our region, as well as the Foreign Minister of Hungary, our friend Peter Szijjarto, whom I also want to thank.

In the same way, we made it public at the last Summit, we also invited the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Italy, who for objective reasons and impossibility, with the elegant apology, could not be here, but they will be invited again and I hope we will be all present together at the next Summit in Tirana.

For us, it is very important that not only all the countries of our region join this initiative, but also such important countries as Turkey, Greece or Italy, as well as Hungary on the other side”, said Rama.

The next summit for the Open Balkans opened today in Belgrade, Serbia with the participation of the initiative’s partner leaders to continue with a series of meetings and activities throughout the day. Prime Minister Edi Rama addressed the Summit with one word, where, among other things, he emphasized that the Balkans are for Europe, just as important as Europe is for the Balkans.