Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited Pristina today, where he met with the state and political leadership of Kosovo.
Nikos Dendias reaffirmed Greece’s support for Kosovo’s leaders on the Euro-Atlantic course and visa liberalization, while the country’s leaders asked the Greek official for Greece to recognize Kosovo’s independence.
In the meeting of Nikos Dendias with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Donika Gervalla, stated that Greece is an important neighboring country in the region, seeking to upgrade the status of the Athens office from a financial office to an office of interest.
“The independence of the Republic of Kosovo is an unchanging fact and must be accepted as soon as possible. We reaffirm that we will continue the dialogue with Greece and other partners on this issue as well,” Gervalla said.
The Greek Foreign Minister stated that Greece supports the ongoing dialogue, calling for intensive efforts to find a permanent and comprehensive solution.
“We believe that the entire Western Balkans should be connected to the transatlantic line. In our cultural relations there are huge untapped potentials and we must seek progress in this area as well. Greece has been consistently supporting the accession of the Western Balkans to the EU for the past two decades. We believe that the Western Balkans belong to Europe and should be an integral part of the EU,” he said.
Through the office, which has been upgraded to a Kosovo general interest office in Athens, we are constantly supporting dialogue. “I have regular contacts with my friends and the European representative Lajcak and Greece supports these efforts,” he added.
Nikos Dendias also met with President Vjosa Osmani, Parliament Speaker Glauk Konjufca and Prime Minister Albin Kurti. Meetings not accessible to the media.
In the meeting with Kurti, Dendias expressed the will and readiness
of the Greek state to intensify economic and trade cooperation with Kosovo and for new investments. Given the region’s common history and geography, the Greek Foreign Minister said Greece is very interested in increasing cultural co-operation with Kosovo, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
For his part, Kurti reiterated the demand for recognition of Kosovo’s independence from Greece and stressed the importance of visa liberalization for Kosovo citizens.
Kurti thanked Nikos Dednias for the role of Greek foreign policy towards Kosovo and the commitment to Kosovo’s membership in international organizations, as happened at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where the Greek vote was crucial for membership, but also accession vote in the European Central Bank, and the Venice Commission.
The Greek Foreign Minister said that Greece unceasingly supports the visa liberalization and that it will support and assist Kosovo in its European and Euro-Atlantic course.
The President of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, Glauk Konjufca, in his meeting with Nikos Dendias, expressed the readiness and the need to deepen the cooperation between the two countries, as well as the usefulness for the Republic of Kosovo of the recognition by the Greece on its way to European integration.
Dendias reiterated the support of the Greek state in Kosovo for visa liberalization and its progress towards the European Union. He also noted that Greece ‘s attitude towards Kosovo was constructive, citing co – operation so far in the field of economic development, energy and the contribution of Greek soldiers to KFOR, according to the Assembly’ s Press Office.
The European integration of the Western Balkan countries and the dialogue with Serbia were also discussed.
The President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, also received today the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he stressed that the relations between the two countries are good, emphasizing that the recognition of Kosovo by Greece will further strengthen the bilateral and multilateral relations between the two countries. In this context, he also stressed the importance of Kosovo’s participation in the Euro-Atlantic security mechanisms.
He also stressed the need to increase trade and economic transactions, as well as co-operation in the field of tourism and culture, according to a statement issued by the Office of the President.
For his part, the Greek Foreign Minister noted the support of Kosovo in its European course, as well as in the visa liberalization process./ibna