Greece seeks to boost ties with Albania

In a bid to boost cooperation with neighboring Albania, Greek President Karolos Papoulias and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos will pay visits to Tirana in the coming weeks, it was reported Saturday.

The recent election of Edi Rama as Albania’s premier has raised hopes for an improvement in formerly stagnant bilateral ties. Venizelos is scheduled to visit the Albanian capital on October 14, while Papoulias’s visit is expected to take place in November.

The two sides are expected to discuss progress on the TAP pipeline project, pumping Azeri gas in Turkey and carrying it across Greece and Albania to Europe. More contentious is the issue of maritime borders between the two countries.

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