Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser met his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati to discuss EU enlargement, the security situation and bilateral relations.
“Estonia continues to support the EU enlargement process that is based on EU values and strict conditionality. The trustworthy and credible implementation of the EU enlargement policy in the Western Balkan countries will improve stability and security, and the development of democracy and rule of law in Europe as a whole. Albania has made significant progress with reforms in recent years and the commitment of Albania’s government deserves to be recognised,” Mikser said at the meeting and added that Estonia supports Albania’s efforts to start negotiations for membership of the European Union this year if the European Commission recommends the opening of negotiations as suggested in the Commission’s strategy for the Western Balkans published yesterday, 6 February.
The ministers also discussed the security situation and the upcoming NATO Summit. “The alliance must be relevant for all allies and one of the discussion points at the forthcoming summit will be the open-door policy that Estonia supports. The summit must focus on strengthening the alliance as the preservation of stability is a priority for all of us,” Mikser added.
Speaking of cooperation between Estonia and Albania, the role of e-Governance Academy in sharing Estonia’s expertise in Albania and a memorandum of understanding between the Estonian School of Diplomacy and the Albanian Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, were emphasised. Mikser also acknowledged that relations between the two countries are good but there are many more opportunities for cooperation. It is hoped that the planned visit of an Estonian business delegation will improve business contacts between the two countries.
Foreign Minister Mikser also introduced the priorities of Estonia’s campaign for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 to his colleague.
Photos from the meeting: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/721576914...
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