Today, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the government delegation began their official visit to Albania with a meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, with whom Zaev had a face to face meeting, and then held a joint press conference.

At the press conference, Rama called the Prespa Agreement a historic achievement that has paved the way to NATO and has unleashed positive energy on the road to EU integration. He said that the Republic of Albania sees the Republic of North Macedonia as a strategic partner in the field of stability in the region.

Zaev expressed hope for the European prospects of both countries and strengthening bilateral cooperation in order to achieve a stable and prosperous European region.

“We expect by the end of the year, the Republic of North Macedonia will join you in the Alliance as an equal NATO member state. However, parallel to these expectations, our hopes are focused on June 2019, the opening of accession negotiations with the EU. In our country, we managed to lay the foundations of a society for everyone, and we are working, through attempts for maximum consensus and with the opposition to all the reform laws necessary for European integration”, said Zaev, pointing out that the Framework Agreement has been fulfilled and that they’re working on the essence of the agreement through building a society for everyone.

He said that the Republic of Albania is one of our closest friends as well as partners, with whom we can ensure prosperity and security, as well as European perspectives of our countries and the region.

Zaev said that he hopes that work is being completed on the Kicevo-Ohrid, documentation for the road Kicevo-Debar – towards the border with Albania and the railway line Kicevo-Lim.

The government’s press service said that at the bilateral meeting they discussed more specifically the projects for cooperation in the fields of agriculture, culture, tourism, as well as the possibility of holding a second government session in the country.