Albania, Greece working on new strategic partnership: FM

Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-30 05:11:02|Editor: Chengcheng
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TIRANA, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Albania and Greece are currently working on a new document of strategic partnership that will pave the way to a greater economic cooperation and beyond, Albanian foreign minister Ditmir Bushati told lawmakers Monday at a hearing session in parliament.

Bushati noted that the talks between the two countries were based on several principles imposed by international law, based on European principles and the need to find a solution which would be acceptable for both sides.

Referring to the recent meeting that he had with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in the southeastern city of Korca, Bushati said that the intensification of bilateral talks were aimed at solving pending issues that exist between Albania and Greece.

According to Bushati, main topics of bilateral talks focused on the Apostille stamp and the rights of 500,000 Albanians living in Greece.

"We are also working to jointly manage the borders, as we do with other neighboring countries," Bushati said.

Meanwhile, other issues include the recognition of drivers' licenses or social and health contributions paid by the Albanian community living in the neighboring country.

However, he said that Albania and Greece had not finalized the issue of sea and land border regime, issues that are inherited from the past.