Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Macedonia and Albania to step up cooperation

Macedonia and Albania will step up mutual cooperation in the areas of economy and tourism, and special focus will be put to the energy sphere.

Macedonian and Albanian Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Antonio Miloshoski and Besnik Mustafaj, stated this today in Tirana, Makfax's correspondent reported.

"Macedonia vowed to build a 400kW power line that will be of great importance to Albania in terms of electricity imports", Mustafaj said.

Miloshoski on his part said that Macedonia will help Albania to overcome the energy crisis, noting, however, that it will by no means include increasing the allowed quantity of water release on the Albanian side of the Ohrid Lake.

Macedonian Foreign Minister met also with the Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha. The interlocutors discussed details relating the forthcoming visit of the Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski to Tirana.

Miloshoski's agenda included also talks with the Albanian President Alfred Mojsiu, at which they expressed content of the current bilateral relations between the two countries.

Macedonian Minister held meeting with the representatives of the Macedonian parties and associations in Albania, at which they reiterated call to the Albanian authorities to respect their rights guaranteed by the International Conventions.

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