Meta appreciated the outstanding contribution of Frattini to strengthening the strategic relationship between Albania and Italy as well as his support for Albania’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The President stated also that Frattini’s support for Kosovo and Albania was extraordinary, and emphasized that Frattini leaded the historical process of Albanians’ movement without visa toward BE. In the end, Meta said that Albania’s main priority is the opening of accession negotiations in EU. The ceremony was held also by Democratic Party (DP) leader, Lulzim Basha, former Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, MPs and Ambassadors.
Tirana, 20 October, 2018
Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, received on Saturday the former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and former European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, Franco Frattini. The last time he was in Tirana, was before five years and this time he was expressed very enthusiast for the big transformation that the capital has made.
“It is a great joy to meet with the Mayor of Tirana, who welcomed me here as a friend, and as Mayor of the city where I am “Honor Citizen”. I used to have a great affection for this city, for the citizens of Tirana, and for all of Albania. I have been here for the last time in 2013 and today I found a beautiful, cleaner, and above all, wonderful streets,” said Frattini. Meanwhile, Veliaj was expressed happy that received Franco Frattini, who according to the Mayor, for what he has done for the city and country. “I am very happy today that I look forward to a honorary citizen of Tirana, the great Franco Frattini, with extraordinary gratitude for what he has done for our city and country, once with his authority in the European Union for visa liberalization and the fact that many from us today are not in the queue in embassies, they are able to travel freely. I am much honored that an honorary citizen of Tirana has not forgotten this city. I am glad that, as he continues his career in the Italian judiciary, he always keeps an eye, an ear and a head back for his honor city,” said Veliaj.
Source: Albanian Daily News