Zelensky’s visit to Tirana of “special importance”, says PM Rama

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will visit Tirana on February 27 and, alongside the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, will organize a summit for Ukraine, which will be held a day later.

At the Center for Openness and Dialogue, where an exhibition of 50 photographs titled “Ukraine, a war crime” was opened, Prime Minister Rama spoke about the importance of the Ukrainian leader’s visit and the summit, which will be attended by leaders from Southeast Europe.

“This exhibition comes on the eve of President Zelensky’s visit to Tirana, a visit which, on the one hand, is a bilateral visit. But, on the other hand, it is also a visit that will culminate in a summit of Southeast European countries for Ukraine, where we will have a considerable number of leaders from this area of Europe as guests, and where President Zelensky is of course with us as co-organizers for this activity which, in today’s context, has, in my opinion, special importance,” said Rama.

Rama said that Albania stands in support of Ukraine, a country that has been facing the unprovoked invasion initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin for almost two years.

Rama said that Albania, together with all the alliance of countries that have chosen to look to the future and build together a future where every country and every people and every individual has the right to freedom, Ukraine also has the right to live as an equal state.

The President of Ukraine will reportedly arrive in Tirana on the afternoon of February 27, while the summit will be held a day later on February 28. There are still no details on which leaders from Southeast Europe will be part of this summit, while during a previous visit to Ankara, Turkey, Rama said that the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will address the summit through a video message.

“Turkey is also invited to the summit and I am grateful that the president has agreed to address the summit through a direct link from his office, since it is impossible for him to be physically present,” Rama said during his visit to Turkey.

Rama announced the holding of this summit on January 22 during a conversation with journalists in Skopje, after participating in a conference on the plan for economic growth of the Western Balkans with the help of the European Union.

Otherwise, the exhibition opened at the premises of the Albanian Prime Minister’s Office with 50 photographs titled “Ukraine, a war crime”, brings evidence of Russian aggression against the Ukrainian people. The photographs are part of the book of the same title by a group of photojournalists from around the world.

Albania, a NATO member country, has imposed sanctions against Russia due to the occupation of Ukraine and has offered assistance to Kiev throughout the two-year war.

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