The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Olta Xhaçka, received in a meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, who paid a one-day visit to Albania. The two ministers highlighted the obligations fulfilled by Albania and shared the same opinion that the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union is a necessity in view of the security of the union itself.
"We have done our homework! And we expect the EU to live up to its promise to hold the First Intergovernmental Conference within the Portuguese Presidency. Albania will continue with the reforms and work for the modernization of the country, just as it will continue to play a key constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in our region, as it has done so far," said Minister Xhaçka during the joint statement for the media.
"We will ask the EU and the countries that are not so sensitive to the issues of the Western Balkans, to start the talks as soon as possible for the integration of Albania and the region. This is important from a security viewpoint. We are seeing that the pressure of illegal immigration on the Western Balkans is escalating. And the successful stopping of this emigration requires close cooperation within the EU," said Minister Szijjártó.
Economic relations were also on the focus of the talks. Minister Xhaçka stressed that, for both countries, economic diplomacy is a priority and for this, she assured her counterpart that Hungarian investors in Albania will find a hospitable and favorable environment. Regarding Hungarian investments in Albania, the Hungarian Minister said that very soon a Hungarian company will soon build a solar power station with a capacity of 4MV, thus increasing domestic capacity and helping to reduce energy imports for Albania.