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Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Amidst the red and black flags flying in the "Christmas Theater" hall at the Galatsi stadium in Athens, Prime Minister Edi Rama started today (May 12, 2024) the tour of meetings with the diaspora that will continue in other countries where there are many Albanians. .

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

The rally started with the Albanian anthem and that of the European Union, while in the speech that lasted almost 1 hour, the Albanian Prime Minister called for a new history of Albania-Greece relations, where pending issues between the two neighboring countries are resolved as Europeans.

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

The message for the abolition of martial law:

"The consequences of the law of war remain in force, although in 1998 both countries approved the friendship treaty. How is it possible that between two countries that have been together in NATO for 15 years, the state of war has not been abolished along with the consequences of a the law of war 80 years ago. In these years, I and our government have tried to remove this absurdity from the table of our countries, as we have tried to address them as fairly as possible through dialogue. The truth is that with the current prime minister of Greece, I I have found the best interlocutor of these years," said Rama.

For the Greek minority in Albania, he admitted that they have problems as much as all Albanians, but he strongly emphasized that they have never been denied the right to language, property or faith."

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Rama asked for mutual respect and care that the Greek state should show the Albanians there.

You came, fought and won. Never forget that by law and by custom Greece is yours today as much as it is the Greeks themselves. Together with the Greeks, you Albanians are the Europeans of Greece. The decision-makers of this country today are fully aware that Greece needs you as much as you need Greece. Greece and Greek Albanians have become irreplaceable for each other. Whoever still doubts this truth, doubts the sun that rises every day, while whoever opposes this truth, falls headlong into the mirror when he sees only himself.

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Negotiation of residence permits

Edi Rama declared that the government has managed to open negotiations on the pension agreement with Greece.

He also stated that if so far the Albanians in Greece have had problems with the residence permit, the government is also working in this direction, announcing that a dialogue has already been opened with the Greek government, expressing full confidence that this problem will have a solution .

"We have managed to open the negotiations for the pension agreement with Greece", Prime Minister Rama gave this news during his speech at the meeting with Albanian immigrants in Athens, adding; "We have opened the dialogue on the issue of the residence permit".

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Rama responded to the noise his visit made in the Greek media

Some here in Greece were surprised, others were upset, some even said that I should not come to visit you, but maybe when they see this display of family joy they will understand that I have not come to meet their servants of old but I have come to fight with the equal masters of this house. I have come to talk to the equal citizens of democratic Greece and democratic Europe. Albania has no claims towards Greece, except for mutual respect, mutual care for the compatriots who live in our two countries, mutual relations of friendship and good neighborliness,' said Rama.

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Rama also remembered the years when the Albanians went to Greece and Greece's sweeping operations against the Albanians.

You faced all kinds of brutal expressions of the arrogance of the rich neighbor towards the poor neighbor. He did two or three jobs in the never-ending day, alleviating hunger with one plate a day to put aside the money for two uneaten meals. You experienced the humiliation of the black brooms of the late 20th century, when they pulled you out of your houses in your body clothes at night to penetrate Albania like in a new movie of a very old time of the forced migrations of our ancestors from the houses of them in the north of Greece.

Rama in Athens in 10 photos! And the main messages

Message to Mitsotakis

At the end of his speech in Athens, Prime Minister Rama said that he wants to leave a message to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis since he did not meet him. As he mentioned one of Naim Frashëri's poems 'The True Desire of Albanians', Rama said that it is time for friendship.

"On your behalf I want to leave a gift to my friend chosen by the people of this country, Mitsotakis. Dear Kyriakos, in 1886, our poet Naim Farshëri wrote his poem in Greek, the true desire of Albanians, we want to live with all our Slavic and Greek neighbors in harmony, with order and peace, let's not become enemies and not fight enough of the tyrannies we've been through, it's time for friendship and freedom, many thanks from me and the Albanians of Greece, long live Albania, long live democratic Europe. May God bless the Albanians and their Greek brothers and open a new page of brotherhood, European order and peace with prosperity between Greece and Albania", said Rama.

At the end of the meeting with the Albanian emigrants in Greece, Prime Minister Edi Rama knelt before the emigrants as a sign of thanks.