Tsipras Raises Greek Minority with Albanian PM



Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (2nd left) meets Albania’s Edi Rama at World Economic forum, Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2018 (Courtesy: Greek MFA).

Amid the recent focus on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ high-profile Davos meeting with FYROM leader Zoran Zaev, the Greek leader also met Albania’s Edi Rama on a series of sensitive issues.

Tsipras was joined by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias at Thursday’s 90-minute meeting which reportedly touched on the Greek ethnic minority in Albania, the rights of Albanian immigrants in Greece and end the formal state of war which has persisted between the two countries since WWII.

The Greek premier also reportedly thanked his counterpart for recent efforts to recover the remains of thousands of Greek soldiers who died in Albania in the war.

Ties between Albania and Greece have frequently been strained but recent moves have seen Athens endorse Tirana’s attempts to join the EU.

In December Greece’s president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, called his Albanian counterpart to thank him for extending Albanian citizenship to the head of the Orthodox Church in the country, Archbishop Anastasios.