Albanian Prime Minister in favour of unifying Kosovo and Albania

Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania. [EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ]

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said he would vote in favour of unification between Albanian and Kosovo, should there be a referendum on the matter, reports Exit.al.

He made the comments during an intergovernmental meeting between Albania and Kosovo in the city of Elbasan. Asked by the media about possible unification, Rama said he would vote in favour and expects a referendum to take place in the future. He added that he did not know when it would happen or how.

Kurti said a referendum is part of a long process that is beyond the control of his government.

The Serbian government, unsurprisingly reacted with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic saying it is “another stone in undermining the foundations of regional stability and security.”

A survey from Euronews Albania found that 80% of Albanians favour unification between the two countries.

During the meeting, the leaders also agreed to de facto remove borders between the two countries. Agreements were signed to relax checks for goods travelling between the countries, remove border control for vehicles, and implement five-year residence and work permits for citizens wishing to move to each country.

University diplomas will be recognised in both Kosovo and Albania, as will social security contributions. This will benefit those on maternity leave, long-term sick leave from work, and disability pensions.

(Alice Taylor | Exit.al/en)

 

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