Albanian, Macedonian police start joint patrols in Albanian coast

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-18 02:32:13|Editor: yan
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TIRANA, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Macedonian police officers will be deployed for the first time in the coastal resort of Saranda, south of Albania, following an agreement between the Interior Ministries of Albania and Macedonia, Albanian police informed Monday.

As the number of Macedonian citizens spending their summer vacations in southern Albania has kept growing, Albania has asked Macedonian police to help patrol the resorts," a spokesperson of Albanian road police told media Monday.

Macedonian police will help Albanian police tackle not only road policing but also crime," Mitat Tola, head of Albanian Road Police, told local media while noting that such help was needed in the peak season of July and August.

On the other hand, as defined in the agreement, Albanian police would be helping keep order in the Macedonian resort city of Ohrid.

Since May, an increasing number of citizens from Macedonia have crossed Albania's Qafe Thane border checkpoint (southeast of Albania) to spend their vacations in the beaches of the south.