BELGRADE/TIRANA – Serbia and Albania are ready to build friendly relations and cooperate in the regional framework so as to ensure stability and prosperity in the Western Balkans, it was stated at Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic’s meetings with Albanian President Bujar Nishani and Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta.
The Western Balkan countries belong to the European Union, the Serbian and Albanian officials agreed, adding that they stand ready to utilize the great potentials especially in the fields of economy and EU integration, and improve youth cooperation, reads a release by the Serbian parliament.
Gojkovic, who is on the first official visit to Albania by the Serbian parliament speaker in the history of the two countries’ relations, underlined at the meeting with Meta that her visit to Tirana has historic significance and represents an important moment for bilateral relations.
Meta expressed Albania’s willingness to look forward saying that history is written by historians, and it is up to us to create a history of peace, stability and prosperity.
Gojkovic and Meta underscored that it is important to do away with past prejudice, adding that Serbia and Albania are ready to cooperate in the regional framework so as to ensure the stability and prosperity of the Western Balkans.
The parliament speakers agreed to improve cooperation between the two assemblies through increased contacts and exchange of experience between the committees and friendship groups, especially as regards Euro-integration, and Gojkovic invited Meta to pay a visit to Belgrade.
Gojkovic also pointed out that there is ample room to use the potentials of the Memorandum on Youth Cooperation signed by Serbia and Albania, and invited Albania to take part in the regional youth tourism fair preceding Exit festival in Novi Sad.
Gojkovic also met with Albanian President Bujar Nishani, who backed the idea of Albania taking part in the youth fair.
He said that Albania wishes to build solid relations with Serbia, adding that the history of the Western Balkans was tough, but that we must not be the hostages of history, we have to turn to the future and the new generations should be led by the ideas of coexistence and friendship.
The Serbian Assembly Speaker highlighted the importance of realizing the projects agreed at the summit in Berlin in August last year, especially in the fields of infrastructure and energy.
Gojkovic and Nishani agreed that the countries of the Western Balkans belong in the European Union and the EU integration process should be viewed as the completion of the European territory.
Gojkovic will also meet with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Mayor of Tirana Lulzim Basha, and she also met with representatives of Serbian associations in Albania.