Rama: Albanians “saved Montenegro twice”

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speaks at the news conference with visiting Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader to visit the nation after a troubled past, at the Palace of Brigades in the Albanian capital, Tirana, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Both countries are trying to overcome their troubled past while working toward EU membership. Relations between the two Balkan states remain strained, mainly over the former Serbian province of Kosovo where majority ethnic Albanians declared independence in 2008 which Serbia refused to recognize. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

By joining Montenegro’s ruling coalition, Albanians “saved” this country for the second time, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has been quoted as saying.

“By joining the government Albanians saved Montenegro for the second time,” he said.

“The first time was their support in the independence referendum, and the second when they supported a coalition that is in favor of joining NATO and the EU,” Rama told TV Teuta, Podgorica-based daily Vijesti is reporting on Wednesday.