Kosovo: Our priority is the pandemic and not the President, says Kurti

Kosovo: Our priority is the pandemic and not the President, says Kurti

Former Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said in an interview that he would not be responding immediately to President Hashim Thaci’s request to submit the name of the designate Prime Minister for the formation of a new government after the dethronement of his own administration. According to the former Prime Minister, the Government is very busy fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s not that we don’t want to stay in contact with the President; we are very consensual, but on the other hand we are very busy with other priorities, in particular and most importantly with the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. So, as we said earlier, we will respond to the President at an appropriate time, but I cannot say that we will do so right now. We are not leaving the president unanswered, but we are not leaving our country without good governance either”, Kurti said.

In addition, Kurti said that, as soon as the pandemic came to an end, elections should be held and a new government must be formed, while he will remain Prime Minister in order to overcome the pandemic crisis.

“I think it’s best for everyone to work with the government and the state institutions to fight the pandemic and, as soon as we get to the other side of this health crisis with the smallest possible impact, we want to head to new parliamentary elections and then have a new assembly and a new government”, Kurti continued.

Speaking about his relations with the United States, Kurti said that “the alliance and partnership between the Republic of Kosovo and the United States is inseparable and does not depend on the administrations of the Republic of Kosovo or the Prime Ministers and Presidents”.

“I am convinced that the alliance and partnership between the Republic of Kosovo and the United States of America is inseparable and does not depend on the governments of the Republic of Kosovo, nor on the Prime Ministers and Presidents. This is a much deeper connection which has to do with history, but it also has to do with geopolitics. However, it also has to do with common values. Therefore, the fact that we can criticize each other is not a weakness”, Kurti replied.

“I believe that the United States needs a strong Kosovo, a Kosovo that protects its own interests and in this way strengthens the alliance with the United States. I do not think that a weak Kosovo contributes more to the alliance with the United States. Kosovo is strengthened by self-respect and by building relationships with others, primarily with Serbia”, Kurti concluded. /ibna