Prime Ministers of Albania and North Macedonia, Edi Rama and Zoran Zaev, met with President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić and Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabic on Thursday in Novi Sad, to discuss free movement of people and goods in the region, otherwise coined ‘ small Schengen’. The leaders of the region will sign a cooperation agreement on Friday. Following the meeting, journalists asked the leaders on what the meeting has meant to each of them.
Vučić responded turning to Rama, ‘ How about you ask this guy right here’, adding, ” First of all it’s amazing that we are all here and we are just trying to bring forward what has been said and said and said in different occasions with our European friends”.
Whereas Zaev said, “For me, it means strengthening our cooperation, but even more so because our citizens expect this from us. We need to improve cooperation as much as possible because we have a huge capacity ahead of us that has unfortunately not been used so far”.
The agreement has been repeatedly rejected by Kosovo, which has been left out of it, as it views it as a return to former Yugoslavia. On the other hand, this is an initiative supported by European institutions that see it as an intermediate stage before the European integration of the Western Balkan states. Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina have not been included in the meeting, and motives have not been disclosed./Tiranapost.al