"We congratulate the political parties in Albania for the agreement reached, which will lead to the holding of elections on the 25 June 2017 with the participation of all parties. The political leaders have responded to their citizens' expectations and showed democratic maturity," the statement read.
The document characterized the agreement as a "crucial first step" and called for the deal's swift implementation so that the national election could be organized in compliance with international standards.
"As the vote of Parliament for the establishment of the vetting bodies is part of the agreement, we reiterate the importance of a solid and credible implementation of the vetting process, which is key for progress towards EU membership. We will continue supporting Albania and the legitimate aspirations of its people for a better future," the statement concluded.
According to media reports, Albania's opposing political forces also struck a deal on Thursday regarding representation of opposition ministers in the cabinet and key institutions.
The county's opposition has been boycotting the parliament for three months in a bid to stall judiciary reforms necessary to start the EU accession talks. Albania gained the status of a candidate for receiving the EU membership in 2014.
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