Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke on the telephone with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Tuesday, at the latter’s request.
A press release from the Greek prime minister’s press office said that the two leaders emphasised the importance of bilateral relations for the benefit of both the Greek and Albanian peoples, as well as the surrounding region.
The Greek prime minister expressed his continued dedication to this goal but added that recent actions and increasingly nationalist rhetoric on the Albanian side undermined a climate of confidence that was necessary for the progress of bilateral relations.
Tsipras highlighted the need for substantive steps and tangible results in the two countries’ cooperation, for which Greece has set a series of initiatives in motion. In addition, he noted that the protection of the rights of the ethnic Greek minority was a foremost issue in relations between the two countries and a fundamental condition for Albania’s European progress.