Erdoğan and Rama discuss relations during a meeting in Ankara

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama for talks at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara on Wednesday.

The closed meeting lasted over an hour. The Turkish presidency did not give further details of the meeting.

Rama attended the opening ceremony of the fifth Islamic Solidarity Games in Turkey’s central province of Konya on Tuesday, where Erdoğan also hosted a dinner in honor of the heads of state and government present.

The general characteristic of bilateral relations between Turkey and Albania is mutual friendship, trust and solidarity. Successful high-level and technical visits and contacts are carried out periodically between the two countries.

The considerable number of Turkish citizens of Albanian origin living in Turkey and Albanians who have chosen to stay in Turkey for reasons of education, health, employment or marriage and the growing importance of the Turkish community s Settling in Albania, as employers or professionals, strengthens the cooperation potential of the two countries.

Turkey views Albania as a strategically important country for establishing lasting peace and stability in the Balkans and supports its integration into European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. In 2013, Turkey was declared a “strategic partner” by Albania.

The president declared open the games, which will continue until August 18 with the participation of more than 4,000 athletes from 56 countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Erdoğan attended the opening ceremony with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ersin Tatar, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane and the Saudi Minister of Sports. Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al Saud, who is also the president of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation.

On the sidelines of the event, Erdoğan held separate meetings with Aliyev, Al-Faisal, Benabderrahmane and Shtayyeh. However, no further information has been released about the closed meetings.

“On the occasion of the fifth Islamic Solidarity Games, I welcome all the participants from different corners of the Islamic world who visit our country, and wish success to each of our athletes.

“I invite all sports fans, especially our youth, to this beautiful event in Konya,” Erdoğan said on Twitter.

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