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Balkan keaders meet in Athens - Rama not invited

Featured Balkan keaders meet in Athens - Rama not invited

Greece's leading role as a pillar of stability in the Balkans and Southeast Europe is confirmed by the organization of tonight's informal dinner by the government and the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with the participation of the leaders of the countries of the Western Balkans, as well as countries in the region , which are now member states of the European Union, in the presence of the President of the European Council, Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission, Ursulas von der Leyen, as the government representative, Pavlos Marinakis, emphasized in his introductory statement. Mr. Marinakis did not fail, in fact, to condemn in a strict tone the attacks of the Turkish Cypriots against members of the UN peacekeeping force inside the dead zone and reaffirmed that Greece and Cyprus are absolutely identical in asserting the self-evident rights of the Republic of Cyprus.

Specifically, during his introductory statement, the government representative, Pavlos Marinakis, stated the following:

"On the occasion of the completion of 20 years since the EU-Western Balkans Summit and the "Declaration of Thessaloniki", Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be welcomed tonight at the Maximos Palace, in the presence of the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the president of European Council Charles Michel, the leaders of the countries of the Western Balkans and EU member states. of the region, at an informal dinner on enlargement and the European future of the region.

The dinner will be attended by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, of Montenegro, Jakov Milatovic, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Dimitar Kovačevski, of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, the President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Boriana Christo, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Nikolay Denkov, Croatia's Andrej Plenkovic, Romania's Marcel Ciolacu and Moldova's president Maya Sandu.

The Prime Minister's initiative proves once again the leading role played by Greece as a pillar of stability, peace and energy security in the Balkans and Southeastern Europe.

Over the last four years, Greece has strengthened its geopolitical and energy footprint in the region, standing alongside the Western Balkans as a member of the European family, but also as the largest economy in the region.

Today, the leadership of Europe and the leaders of the Balkans are in our country, proving, once again, that the foreign policy of the Government and the actions of the Prime Minister have made Greece, in just a few years, a protagonist of the international and European developments.

Government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis, when asked about the fact that Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was not invited to tonight's informal dinner of the Prime Minister at Maximos, replied: "It was not possible to invite Mr. Rama to such an important initiative. When we say that Albania's European path passes through basic respect for European norms and rules of law, we mean it. In any case, the President of Albania was invited, who will not attend."