• January 23, 2021
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In Athens With The Sea Issue On The Agenda, Greek Media “Pressure” Rama: It Is Also Related To Albania’s European Aspirations

After a two-day visit to Turkey, Prime Minister Edi Rama will pay an informal visit to Greece today, where he will meet with Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

In a post on Twitter, Rama wrote:

“In Athens for a working lunch with Prime Minister Mitzotakis, to discuss further coordination in the joint fight against Covid19; further strengthening of the strategic relations between the two countries; regional cooperation and European integration of our region“.

Meanwhile, the prestigious Greek newspaper “Kathimerini” has dedicated an article to this visit, reports Ora News.

According to the Greek media, in the background of the meeting will be the issue of the sea and the agreement of the parties to take it to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Greece, as a member of the European Union, has a veto regarding the opening of negotiations with Albania and “Kathimerini” does not miss the opportunity to put pressure as he writes that “this issue is also related to Albania’s European aspirations”, reports Ora News.

But here is what “Kathimerini” writes:

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will hold an informal meeting today with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, during a private visit to Athens against the backdrop of the agreement between the two countries to send to the International Court of Justice in The Hague the designation of maritime zones.

The issue is also related to Albania’s European aspirations.

His visit comes a day after he (Rama) was warmly received in Ankara by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Before leaving for Ankara, Rama held a telephone conversation with Dendias on January 5th to discuss bilateral issues and regional developments.

Rama and Dendias met during the latter’s visit to Tirana, where it was agreed to refer to the International Court of Justice in The Hague disputes over maritime areas in The Hague.

However, both sides have to sign a formal agreement on the issue, which has not yet been done.