In Tirana, Greek president aims at strengthening ties

Bilateral relations and energy cooperation were at the center of talks between Greek President Karolos Papoulias and his Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani in Tirana on Monday.

“We must build our relations on the elements that unite us,” Papoulias said, describing the ethnic Greek minority in southern Albania as a leverage “of friendship and cooperation” between the two Balkan neighbors.

Papoulias pledged that during upcoming Greece’s European Union presidency, Athens will support Albania’s ambitions to join the bloc, while the two leaders also discussed developments concerning the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will carry Azeri gas across Turkey, Greece and Albania to southern Italy.

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