Since yesterday, Prime Minister Edi Rama has been in Turkey for an official state visit. He met with Turkist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, discussing collaboration between the two countries, including the development of the Vlora airport and an Albanian airline company.
On Facebook, Prime Minister Rama wrote:
In Istanbul for the World Petroleum Congress tomorrow. Today in the residency of President Erdoğan, where I just finished a 90-minutes meeting about common projects. Essential progress regarding the Vlora airport and the Albanian airline, which logistical and technical assistance of Turkish Airlines.
The World Petroleum Congress has started today and will last until July 13. 50 ministers, 500 CEOs, and 6,000 delegates from all over the world will take part in the deliberations. It is still not known whether Prime Minister Rama will actually take part in the congress, as Albania is not a member state of the World Petroleum Congress.
At the opening ceremony, also US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be present. Secretary Tillerson, who used to be CEO of oil company Exxon Mobile, will be honored with the Dewhurt prize, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the World Petroleum Congress. He will receive the prize in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry.”