“The first ever joint session of Albanian and Macedonian governments on Friday opens a new chapter of good neighbourly relations between the two countries.Opening the joint meeting in the Albanian border town of Pogradec, Prime Minister Edi Rama said the two governments are holding the session to take the bilateral relations to a new qualitative level of a shared strategic orientation. ‘As two neighbouring countries, we have the obligation to offer more development and work for more prosperity for our citizens by improving the infrastructure interconnectivity,’ Rama said. The Albanian government head put emphasis on the bilateral cooperation to modernize infrastructure and facilitate the exchange of goods and services between the two countries. Rama said that the two countries are committed to relax the customs and border procedures, adding that a special attention will be attached to modernization of the road, railroad and energy infrastructure linking Albania and Macedonia. According to him, the two countries are committed to carry out major development projects, including the construction of the Corridor 8 and the Elbasan-Pogradec railway. The Premier also noted that the two governments will cooperation on the construction of new two-lane highway, Arberi Road, designed to link the capital, Tirana, with the Dibra region on the Macedonian border. He said the Arberi Road will lead to significant economic benefits for both countries.” (European Western Balkans)

“After the president of the United Macedonian, Meto Koloski today on his Twitter account challenged the US Embassy and Ambassador Jess Baily, saying that ‘a Twitter war had begun between the embassies of the United States and Russia over air pollution problem in the country.’ Ambassador Baily was quick to respond and tweeted: ‘Not Twitter war. We asked Macedonia’s citizens a question about near term steps to clean air. Another Russian pipeline won’t do that. The U.S. supports Macedonia’s desire to bring gas to Macedonia’s cities and a diversity of gas supplies for Macedonia and Europe.’ The feud began yesterday when the US Embassy in Macedonia posted on social networks Facebook and Twitter, ‘What ideas do you have for cleaner air in Macedonia?”Ambassador Baily went on to post, “Air pollution in Skopje was so thick today, you could hardly see the embassy! What ideas do you have for cleaner air in Macedonia?’ A few hours later a response from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Macedonia followed: ‘As our friends from the US Embassy are searching for ideas for the air pollution in Macedonia we want to help with a solution. A Turkish Stream.'” (Meta)