Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, arrived in Tirana on February 17 with a positive message about Albania’s progress towards European Union integration.

Reynders was received by Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati. The two men discussed Albania’s EU accession negotiations after receiving candidate status. According to the Albanian Daily News, Reynders praised Albania’s role in the region and assured his Albanian counterpart on the continued support of Belgium to the EU integration process of Albania.

Reynders and Bushati also discussed Belgian investments and the need to give these a boost.

During his meeting with Reynders, Albanian President Bujar Nishani thanked Belgium for its continued support and cooperation to help Albania fight organised crime and terrorism.

With Prime Minister Edi Rama, Reynders discussed Albania’s European prospective. Rama assured him that Albania is determined to meet all the conditions required in order to join the EU.

Meanwhile, Reynders’ visit coincided with Belgium’s decision to send 100 tents and 500 blankets to Albania to assist in the aftermath of the recent floods.