Integration issues of the Western Balkans in general and Albania in particular were the focus of the meeting between Albania's Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Gent Cakaj, and his Polish counterpart today during his official visit to Poland.

Throughout the meeting with Poland's Foreign Minister, the further intensification of cooperation between the two countries was discussed, alongside the Western Balkan countries' European agenda and coordination within regional and international organizations.

Minister Cakaj also thanked his counterpart for Poland's unwavering support for Albania in its European journey.

According to the press office of the Foreign Ministry, the Head of Polish diplomacy has expressed commitment to the opening of negotiations on Albania.

For his part, Cakaj said that Albania does not seek favors, but deserves the opening of negotiations on the basis of fulfilling the conditions left by the European Union.

As a cornerstone, the Minister highlighted the justice reform, referring to it as 'historic'.

“Albania's expectations for the opening of negotiations in October are not based on the need for 'favors', but on the merits of our progress.

“The implementation of justice reform is both historic and unprecedented by any other country in the region, such as the creation of new judiciary bodies and a tangible contribution to the fight against organized crime and corruption”, said Minister Cakaj.

The two Ministers then attended the opening ceremony of the Second Conference of Tirana, a bilateral consultative forum through which Poland shares its experience to assist Albania on its path to integration.