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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-26

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  • [01] PASOK leader Papandreou in Tirana

  • [01] PASOK leader Papandreou in Tirana

    Main opposition PASOK party leader and Socialist International (SI) President George Papandreou was welcomed at Tirana airport on Friday by Albanian Socialist Party President and Tirana Mayor Edi Rama, stressing that "we want free and fair elections to be held."

    Papandreou and Rama addressed a rally of the Albanian Socialist Party, in view of Sunday's general elections in the country, while Rama referred to PASOK's victory in the Euroelections and noted that Papandreou "made changes in PASOK and gained the trust of young people," underlining the need for change and a new concept of governance.

    On his part, Papandreou wished Rama and the Albanian Socialist Party a "great victory" in Sunday's elections, adding that "with socialist governments in Greece and Albania we shall proceed with a solution, among other things, to the problems of the Albanians in Greece as well and of the Greek minority in Albania."

    The PASOK leader reiterated his position of "no to illegal immigration" and spoke of "organised immigration" and "the defence of the rights of immigrants in work, with equal salaries for the same work, social security and pensions," with the latter being arranged in a bilateral framework.

    Papandreou also said that "as a government, PASOK will assist the incorporation of immigrants in Greece" and that "all Albanians desiring to invest in Albania will be assisted as well."

    He reiterated his positions regarding "the immediate provision of Greek citizenship for all the children of immigrants being born in Greece" and the provision of Greek citizenship for children graduating from secondary education in Greece and continuing to remain in the country for three consecutive years.

    Papandreou then met with Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios, with whom he held private talks, and expressed his appreciation for the Archbishop's work and his continuous efforts for the Orthodox Church in Albania.

    The PASOK leader concluded his visit to the Albanian capital with a meeting with Union for Human Rights Party (PBDNJ) President Vangjel Dule, who reassured him that "everything will be okay (in the elections) unless 'incidents' take place."

    On Saturday, Papandreou will be in Belgrade, where he is invited to attend a working luncheon hosted by Serbian President Boris Tadic, to be followed by a meeting with Socialist Party of Serbia President and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic.

    On Sunday, Papandreou will be in Montenegro to chair a Socialist International (SI) meeting focusing on the international economic crisis, climate change, illegal migration and regional crises.

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