Croatia strongly supports Albania's path to EU accession and wants the Zagreb Summit on EU-Western Balkan relations to be a watershed, said Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said on Monday.
Minister Grlić Radman was received in Tirana by his Albanian counterpart, Minister Gent Cakaj, to discuss and support Albania's European journey, adding that Zagreb was pushing for opening the accession negotiations without delay.
Croatia wants the negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia to be opened during its presidency of the Council of the EU, underlying the importance of the Council's summit with Western Balkan states in Zagreb this May.
Grlić Radman recalled that the summit would take place 20 years after the Zagreb Summit which opened Croatia's European prospects, saying he expected a similar watershed for Albania and North Macedonia.
According to an announcement by the Croatian Foreign Ministry, Grlić Radman is also to meet with Albanian President Ilir Meta; before traveling to North Macedonia, where he will give the same message of support to President Stevo Pendarovski and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.
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