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ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA SCRAP VISA REGIME



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Albania and Macedonia signed an agreement this week in Tirana, which establishes a visa-free regime between the two countries.

The agreement signed by Albanian Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha and his Macedonian counterpart, Antonio Milososki, was made public at a joint press conference given by Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and Macedonia Premier Nikola Gruevski.

"This agreement on the liberalization of visas will help business and citizens to move more freely,” Gruevski told reporters.

Berisha stressed that the two leaders had made progress on an amicable basis and had been able to leave behind the nationalist rhetoric that characterizes some media coverage of bilateral issues.

Under the agreement, citizens of both countries can reside in the neighboring country for 90 days visa free, within a timeframe of six months.


MD: Especially people in the border towns will be delighted. About a month ago Macedonia introduced a new visa regime, by sending Albanians to the Macedonian embassy in Tirana for issueing visa's. That lead to protests by mayors of Ohrid and Struga stating that it would damage the regional economy.

[Balkaninsight]

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