Brussels, February 10, 2014/Balkan Independent News Agency
By Berat Gashi
During a visit that he’s holding in Brussels, Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enver Hoxhaj, has met (photo) with the deputy prime minister and Foreign Minister of Greece, Evangelos Venizelos, who leads the EU Presidency of Greece.
Minister Hoxhaj has briefed the Greek counterpart on the domestic progress made in Kosovo and reforms undertaken for the European future of Kosovo.
Hoxhaj has thanked Mr. Venizelos for the support given on the opening of negotiations for the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Kosovo and stressed that progress will be made this year on this agreement.
“For Kosovo, this is one of the most decisive steps for the European integration and marks the start of a contractual relationship between Kosovo and EU”, said Hoxhaj.
Kosovo’s Foreign Minister has also demanded Greece’s support for the process of the liberalization of visas for the citizens of Kosovo.
During this meeting, Hoxhaj has briefed Mr. Venizelos on the talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia as two independent and sovereign states.
He has also stressed the necessity of the implementation of agreements and the role that EU and other member countries may have as far as relations between the two countries are concerned.
The head of the Greek Presidency of the EU, Evangelos Venizelos, has expressed the support of Greece for the European future of Kosovo. According to the Foreign Ministry of Kosovo, Mr. Venizelos said that Pristina must take into account the powerful support of Athens in its efforts for integration.
Mr. Venizelos has also considered the talks as one of the biggest achievements of Kosovo and the region. According to him, the agreement between Kosovo and Serbia has had an impact beyond the two countries and has helped the climate in the region. /ibna/