Bushati in UfM: More synergies for the pre-accession of the Mediterranean Union member countries from Western Balkans

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, DitmirBushati, attended the 3rd  Union for Mediterranean Forum(UfM)  which took place in Barcelona on October 8, 2018. This event marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of this organism. The aim of the meeting was to revitalize Euro-Mediterranean co-operation as a response to the challenges for stability in this region.

In his speech, Minister Bushati noted that the Euro-Mediterranean area faces challenges such as terrorism, radicalism, or illegal migration, the addressing of which requires the undertaking of concerted collective actions. In this context, it is necessary, the Minister stressed, to focus on the dimensions of human development, offering more opportunities to young people and ensuring a sustainable economic growth that can not be achieved with the current level of economic integration of the Euro-Mediterranean area.

In addition to the need for closer coordination of the Union’s projects for the Mediterranean with the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian region, Minister Bushati also highlighted the need for more synergies with the pre-accession process of the Mediterranean Union member countries from the Western Balkans. The Minister underlined Albania’s contribution to the security of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

In the framework of the Ministerial Council of the Union for the Mediterranean, Minister Bushati held a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al Safadi. The Ministers praised the very good relations between the two countries and the intensification of political dialogue in the bilateral and multilateral framework. They agreed on a greater commitment to achieve tangible results as regards cooperation in areas of mutual interest. Minister Bushati sought Jordan’s support for Albania’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the Security Council for the period 2022-2023 as well as for Kosovo’s application for membership in Interpol. Also, ministers exchanged views on recent developments in the respective regions and global challenges.

/Klara Ruci/