In an Interview for RTSH’s ‘ 31 minutes’ program, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati commented in regard to significant events at the western Balkans Summit (SEECP), recently held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the Albanian diplomacy boycotted the event, which did not budge President Meta’s decision to attend. In this regard, Bushati argued that ‘our internal problems, do not have to be transferred abroad.”
“I remember a famous story of an EU member country where there was a strong rivalry between the President and the Prime Minister and in some cases it was transferred to the international representation as well,” said Bushati, while stressing that there needs to be cooperation and synchronization between the President and the Prime Minister. Read a snippet of the interview below:
S.Agostini: I don’t know how much does the seriousness of the Albanian foreign policy reflect in relation to the neighbors but also the international community. I am referring to the Sarajevo Summit two days ago. The Albanian Foreign Ministry declared the boycott, in sign of respect for Kosovo and against the attitude shown by the hosts against the latter. However, President Ilir Meta still attended. It looks like a two-headed foreign policy.
D.Bushati: The Albanian Constitution, the Albanian legislation are clear on this point. Of course, the president has a role in foreign policy, the government has the main role. But there are areas where the president and the government should cooperate. In the representation at the United Nations, the Albanian delegation is led one year by the President and another year by the Prime Minister. At the beginning of the transition, there was also divergence on this issue, but the language of understanding was agreed upon in the end. The same is true in the process of appointing ambassadors, where thanks to the decree of the president is appointed a high representative of Albania in a given country or organization. Likewise, in some organizations we have a representation of the government level, in some others at the president level. The law on signing international agreements is also clear where we have a representation of the Republic of Albania, the word of the President of the Republic is decisive. Where there is a definition of the Council of Ministers or the Albanian government, the word of government is decisive. There is always a need for better synchronization. At the end of the day we are only in the first 3 decades of building a democratic system and I hope that after each failure we will have the opportunity to draw the lessons we must learn. But, we are neither the first nor the last country. I remember a famous story of an EU member state where there was a strong rivalry between the President and the Prime Minister and in some cases it was also transferred to international representation. I believe that it is time for us to draw all the lessons we must learn, and to understand that our internal problems do not have to be transferred abroad. / Tiranapost.al