Following his meeting with Albanian Ambassador Artur Kuko at the Federal Foreign Office, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth issued the following statement on Thursday (5 October) on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the re‑establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and Albania:
Together with Albanian Ambassador Artur Kuko, I had an opportunity today to look back on thirty years of good diplomatic relations between our two countries in turbulent times. This is a cause for celebration, as is reflected by our excellent bilateral relations in many political, economic and cultural fields.
The Federal Government is committed to the prospect of accession to the EU on the part of Albania and the countries of the Western Balkans. The process of moving closer to the EU is and remains the crucial driving force for the continued development of the entire region, and its speed will be determined by the progress made on the necessary reforms. The development of the rule of law and the fight against corruption and organised crime are particularly important in this regard.
We trust that Albania will now, as a new Government with a clear majority under Prime Minister Rama has been in office since 13 September, continue to pursue these reforms resolutely. Albania can count on the support of its friend and partner Germany as it ventures forth along the road towards membership of the EU.