Kosovo: Hoti, Haradinaj-Stublla and Dendias discuss boosting of bilateral relations

Kosovo: Hoti, Haradinaj-Stublla and Dendias discuss boosting of bilateral relations

Kosovar Foreign Minister Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla had a bilateral meeting today with her Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, stating that relations between the two countries are getting stronger in terms of the two parties’ ambition for Kosovo’s recognition.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla, after welcoming him at the airport, held a very friendly and productive meeting at the Ministry with her Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, with whom she discussed important issues concerning relations between the two countries and the need to strengthen and promote them, especially in areas of common interest, but also in the context of influential political issues in the region.

“We understand Greece’s position on Kosovo’s independence, and that is yet another reason why we are interested in developing and promoting our existing relations. Obviously, we would welcome Greece’s decision to recognize Kosovo, but we nonetheless remain committed to strengthening existing relations and deepening them in the right direction”, Kosovar Minister Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla said addressing her counterpart.

Minister Haradinaj-Stublla asked her counterpart that Greece, as an influential country not only in the region, but also as a member of the European Union, help clarify the final goal and timetable in the framework of the European facilitation of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, with a view to a final settlement which can be nothing less than mutual recognition within the existing boundaries.

“The US-facilitated Economic Normalization Agreement between Washington and Serbia and President Trump constitutes a big step towards a final solution. This agreement is above all an important step for the development of the region and, therefore,  Kosovo is committed to fulfilling all its points, and we expect Serbia to implement its commitments to the United States and the Republic of Kosovo”, Haradinaj-Stublla added.

For his part, the Greek Foreign Minister thanked his counterpart for the special hospitality he received, and welcomed Kosovo’s increased commitment to expanding and using the political momentum in the region for both countries, to strengthen economic dialogue and trade, and in particular to the implementation of energy projects under the Washington Agreement, which in the future are expected to operate yet as another important link between Kosovo and Greece. The Minister also confirmed Greece’s full support for the implementation of visa liberalization for the citizens of Kosovo, and in general for the European orientation of Kosovo.

The Greek Foreign Minister was then received by Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, with whom he discussed the political developments in the country, the deepening of cooperation between the two countries, mainly in the economic field, as well as the final dialogue between the Republic of Kosovo and Serbia, which must end with mutual recognition.

“Greece’s supportive role toward Kosovo is very important, because it is an EU and NATO member, organizations in which Kosovo aspires to integrate”, said Prime Minister Hoti.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Hoti and Minister Dendias pledged to deepen economic co-operation between Kosovo and Greece, with a special emphasis on energy.

The Greek Minister, thanking Prime Minister Hoti for the reception, stressed that Greece remains committed to assisting Kosovo in its Euro-Atlantic course, as well as in the further enrichment of economic cooperation between the two countries. /ibna