The key to the city of Tirana was received today by the mayor of the Albanian capital Erion Veliai, the mayor of Athens Costas Bakogiannis, who has been in the Albanian capital since yesterday.
"The key to a city is not just a tool to open a door," said Mayor Veliai, "but a sign of trust, as a symbol of an open heart, an open arms, an open mind." He referred to a personal experience when in 1991, when he was just 10 years old, he was illegally in Greece and a family from Ioannina hosted him and then entrusted him with the key to her house to feel familiar with this family.
Referring to yesterday's inauguration of the Hellenic Park in Tirana, Veliai said it was a sign of a new chapter, a new breath in bilateral relations.
"Your personal history is the history of our two peoples", said Costas Bakoyannis to Mr. Veliai and called on the mayor of Tirana to move the two capitals forward together with actions on all the issues they discussed with each other and concern him. tourism, culture etc.