21 November, 2007
In comments regarding an upcoming official visit to Greece by Albanian President Bamir Topi, foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos on Tuesday stressed that this could only be viewed as helpful for Greek-Albanian relations.
"An official visit by a head of state, especially of a neighbouring country with which Greece has close ties of cooperation, friendship and functional bilateral relations, in economic, political and other areas, is an important visit," he said.
Asked whether Topi's visit might be an opportunity to resolve outstanding problems that "were keeping Greek-Albanian relations hostage", Koumoutsakos denied that there was any such issue.
"Relations between the two countries have multiple levels and complexities, they are bilateral relations of a great breadth and depth. It is logical that there are issues that need work in order to progress even further and, if there are obstacles, that these should be overcome. The aim of such a summit meeting is, among others, to confirm the very good course [of relations] and to help on points where extra assistance is needed. The Greek side, and I imagine the Albanian side also, expect the best possible outcome from this visit," he stressed.
Source: Athens News Agency