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Albania: Rome supports 'prompt start of EU talks', Di Maio

Meeting with premier Rama and commissioner Varhelyi in Brussels

17 February, 12:58
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 17 - Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday said the ''integration of the Balkans is a strategic investment for Europe's stability. Italy is besides Albania for the prompt opening of adhesion negotiations'', the minister said, opening a business lunch with Albanian Premier Edi Rama in Brussels. The gathering was also attended by the European Commissioner in charge of enlargement and neighborhood policies , Oliver Varhelyi, who on Twitter spoke about ''good talks with Di Maio and Rama on progress'' made by Albania in domestic reforms, stressing the ''strong solidarity'' of the EU and Italy towards Albania ''after an earthquake in November, ahead of the international donor conference today'' to support the country in reconstruction efforts. (ANSA).

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