Albania-Serbia: Tirana heavily guarded for Vucic visit

First visit by a Serbian premier in the Albanian capital

27 May, 11:00

    Tirana heavily guarded for Serbian premier Aleksandar Vucic visit Tirana heavily guarded for Serbian premier Aleksandar Vucic visit

    TIRANA - Some 1,500 police officers, Albanian police special units and secret services have been deployed to ensure the safety of Serbian premier Aleksandar Vucic during his visit to Tirana today.

    Police vehicles and officers with flak jackets monitor all access points to the city, the main crossroads and all Tirana key spots.

    The road linking the centre of Tirana to the international Mother Theresa Airport, where Vucic is expected to land around 11 A.M, will be closed off to traffic together with the road-arteries through which the Serb premier will pass.

    Army helicopters will monitor the situation from the sky.

    The Serbian premier will be welcomed with full honours by his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama and he will meet the most important Albanian authorities.

    Relations between Tirana and Belgrade have been fraught by a long and bitter enmity marked by wars, conflicts and the Kosovar issue.

    Rama's statements regarding Pristina's independence during his visit to Belgrade last November were received as a blatant provocation by Vucic.

    Since then, much has changed. The two premiers met other two times and both countries are working on joint- projects for the region which shall be submitted to the European Union.

    Rama stressed several times that "Albanians and Serbs can do for the Western Balkans what France and Germany did for Europe" after the second world war.(ANSAmed).

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