TIRANA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) — Albania welcomed on Saturday the signing of its NATO accession protocol by U.S. President George Bush, saying it is of historic significance for the tiny western Balkan country.
“The signing of the protocol by Bush is itself a great evaluation of Albania’s past achievements, and it is also a huge responsibility for our country to press ahead,” Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha told a press conference.
Bush signed papers on Friday to accept Albania, along with Croatia, into NATO, a move that will get the two Balkan countries one step closer to membership in the expanding military alliance.
Albania and Croatia were invited to join NATO at the alliance’s summit in Bucharest, Romania, at the beginning of last April.
The two countries will be eligible to join NATO when all 26 allies have ratified the accession protocols which were signed in Brussels in July.
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