The prospect of the Greek-Albanian relations must be protected from the nationalist voices, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after his meeting with the president of the Albanian parliament Ilir Meta, at the Maximos Mansion, on Wednesday.
On his part, Meta expressed his pleasure for visiting Greece at a period of political stability and economic improvement.
“Your visit is taking place at an important period for the relations of the two countries that experienced times of tension in the past but they were always relations of co-existence, and this is something we must protect,” said Tsipras adding “it is of huge importance to protect the prospect of good relations from nationalist voices that always want to create problems, the cost of which the citizens are called to pay. I want to congratulate you because you have stood against these voices. You represent your country’s parliament which is the most democratic institution. I welcome you and wish your visit to be constructive hoping that the developments in Albania in the next period will promote democracy as well as the Albanian people’s volition to solve the problems.”
Meta said that he is visiting Greece at a period of political stability and improvement of the social and economic conditions adding that “the destinies of our peoples are now linked more than ever and we have been benefited a lot from Greece during the period of growth after the ’90s.”
“We have also been affected by the repercussions of the recent economic crisis that hit your country,” he stated and added: “A powerful and strong Greece will be in our interest too.”
The president of the Albanian parliament thanked Greece for its support to Albania’s efforts to join the NATO and Greece’s support to the prospect of Albania’s accession in the EU.