Albanian President Ilir Meta, welcomed today a statement from Bulgaria, which proposed the start of Albania’s membership negotiations with the European Union as soon as possible.
President Meta’s reaction comes after the statement of the Bulgarian Ambassador to the European Union, Rumen Alexandrov, who said that Albania should be evaluated separately from Northern Macedonia, based on its achievements.
In a post on the social network Facebook, Meta said that the progress of each country based on individual merit has been one of the key principles adopted at the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003.
The head of state also stressed that he will continue to support and encourage any step that leads the country towards European membership.
Northern Macedonia and Albania’s progress towards EU membership has been blocked by Bulgaria’s veto on starting membership negotiations with Northern Macedonia.
But Bulgaria has also been under international pressure to unlock the talks between EU and Albania and Northern Macedonia.
U.S. Senators Claudia Tenney and William R. Keating, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged Sofia to find a compromise and resolve the stalemate.