Tirana and Athens agree on preventing border illegalities

US Ambassador to Albania, Yuri Kim, welcomed the agreement between Albania and Greece to jointly fight illegalities at their border crossing points. [Shutterstock/Giovanni Vale]

US Ambassador to Albania, Yuri Kim, welcomed the agreement between Albania and Greece to jointly fight illegalities at their border crossing points, saying it was “good to see our friends working together to solve shared problems.” 

Greece and Albania on Monday signed an agreement establishing a new “communications centre” on the land border between the two countries, aimed at strengthening cooperation between their police forces and customs offices, reported Greek daily Kathimerini.

Signed by Greece’s Deputy Minister for Citizens’ Protection, Eleftherios Economou, and Albania’s Deputy Interior Minister for border issues, Julian Hodaj, the agreement seeks to “strengthen existing cooperation, find solutions for managing and combating modern-day challenges and security threats,” the Greek official said.

The two countries will exchange information and intelligence and coordinate on matters of illegal migration, human trafficking, extremism, travel document fraud, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and ammunition, and also on customs violations. More on Albanian Daily News.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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