“The ministerial meeting of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and FYROM is beneficial for all of us because we can discuss our thoughts about the future with great openness, as well as the issues we must resolve, while it is an element of Greece’s general policy for building important collaborations across the region,” Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Thursday, during his opening speech at the meeting at the Hyatt hotel.
Kotzias said that in a dinner the previous night, the ministers of the four Balkan countries had a very interesting discussion on the situation in the region and the future in terms of its European perspective (Albania and FYROM are not members of the EU) and with respect to cooperation between them, as well as on the issues that will be discussed in the next, third, ministerial meeting of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, FYROM.
Issues relating to the security of citizens and cross-border cooperation, cooperation on fire safety as well as the energy sector will be raised during Thursday’s meeting. On cooperation in the energy sector, Kotzias said that this was of major importance since the region is a route for new gas pipelines.
The proceedings of the meeting will be concluded with a press conference at 15.40.
The Greek foreign minister invited his counterparts to attend a Conference on the Protection of Religious and Cultural Communities in the Middle East on October 29-30, which deals with the main victims of the wars in the region, as well as to the 3rd Rhodes Meeting in June 2018.