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08 October, 1997
Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou said during an EU General Affairs Council meeting here yesterday that the Union should offer continuous financial assistance to Albania.
Mr. Papandreou called for a reinforcement of Albania's efforts to establish democratic institutions and ensure growth, adding that a scheduled "International Convention on Albania", due to be held in Rome on Oct. 18, "must achieve its goals."
Greece has already granted over the past three months 2.5 billion drachmas in financial assistance to Albania. Athens will also extend to Tirana a low-interest loan of 18 billion drachmas.
Mr. Papandreou also stressed that EU-Albanian relations should be reinforced and upgraded, while he further supported a resumption of political dialogue between Albania and the European Union as well as an EU-Albania cooperation agreement of preferential status.
"The Greek government believes that closer ties between Albania and the European Union will reinforce efforts for a European integration and economic cooperation in the broader European economic region," Mr. Papandreou said.
Source: Athens News Agency