Serbia, Albania seek greater ties

Serbian PM travel to Albania marking historic visit

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A historic meeting in the Albanian capital between the leaders of Serbia and Albania have led to a vow on greater co-operation between the two countries.

"Our government's job is to look to the future, and for us that future means good relations with Albania," Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday in the Tirana.

Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama said both Albania and Serbia having applied for EU membership has "a historic chance to return peace to this region and build coexistence."

Both leaders have acknowledged differences on the issue of Kosovo, but have looked to more positive projects to strengthen the co-operation. An EU funded highway that joins the route of the two countries is an important step forward they agreed.

Vuvic is the first Serbian leader to visit Albania in 68 years. Rama visited Serbia late last year and Vuvic was returning the visit.

Albania is a member of NATO whilst Serbia is not nor  pushing for alliance.

The majority Albanian Kosovo was declared independent by Albania in 2008 which Serbia refused to recognise. The relation between the two countries remains tense.
Serbia perceives Kosovo as the foundation of their state and the cradle of their civilisation.

TRTWorld and agencies