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President Novak: Stability of Western Balkans key to peace in Europe

The stability of the Western Balkans is key to peace and security in Europe which can be achieved with the European Union integration of the region, President Katalin Novak told a plenary session of the Albanian parliament in Tirana on Thursday.

Europe is going through a critical period, coping with difficulties, such as the war in Ukraine, the fragility of the Western Balkans’ stability, the pressure posed by illegal migration on Europe, demographic challenges, and questions about the role of Europe in world politics, she said.

If Europe can preserve its economic, political and demographic powers depends on whether it is able to give wise responses and find and stay on the road to peace, security and growth, she added.

Novak said Albania’s place is in the European Union and the country can count on Hungary’s support in the process of obtaining a membership.

She said it was her first visit in Albania and added that it was a great honour to participate in an official state visit.

“We respect each other, we understand each other and we support each other,” she said concerning Hungary-Albania relations.

Earlier in the day, Novak met President Bajram Begaj, deputy speaker of parliament Ermonela Felaj and laid a wreath in the National Martyrs’ Cemetery.

On Friday, the Hungarian president is scheduled to receive the Keys to the City of Tirana from Mayor Erion Veliaj and lay flowers at the statue of Queen Geraldine of Albania.

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