Meeting and co-operation of Albanian-Kosovo parliamentary groups

Meeting and co-operation of Albanian-Kosovo parliamentary groups

A delegation from the Albanian Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee, headed by Mimi Kodhelit, visited Kosovo at the invitation of the Chairman of the Kosovo Committee on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Time Kadrijaj.

The delegation consisted of MPs Ervin Bushati, Vasil Sterjovski and Reme Lala.

The Albanian Parliament delegation was received by the highest authorities of Kosovo, the President of the Assembly and Vice President of the Republic, Vjosa Osmani, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Meliza Haradinaj Stublla and the delegation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.

During the meeting with the respective committee, the deputies stressed the importance of parliamentary exchanges, so that such joint visits become more frequent, especially when the physical distance between the two countries is so small.

According to the model of joint government meetings, which have proven to be successful, the respective committees can organize workshops for joint projects, Kodheli suggested at the meeting.

In a hospitable and fraternal spirit, Kadrijaj thanked the members of the Commission for accepting the invitation in these difficult days and congratulated Kodheli on her new appointment as Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Considering that bilateral relations are of an exceptional level, she expressed her conviction that the establishment of a special committee of the Convention “On the management of documentation and the preparation of a summary and information report on the findings and conclusions issued on the verifications, carried out by bodies in Albania, on the issues of the report of the Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Dick Marty, on the cooperation and the role played by Albanian political representatives or Albanian public bodies, through actions and inaction, in the criminal activity of the leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the territory of the Republic of Albania”, came as a result of the recent visit to the Albanian committee she leads.

Kodheli, thanking for the hospitality, stressed the importance of strengthening diplomacy and increasing the level of exchange between the two countries, as well as the participation of the diaspora in national policies.

On the other hand, Osmani stressed the importance of having a common foreign policy with a united voice of Albania and Kosovo on the issue of the latter. Evaluating the Kosovo war as a right, he said the political class should not be silent, allowing the truth to be recognized for the younger generations.

The meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs closed the list of meetings of the Parliamentary delegation. Minister Stublla said that the priority of the government in which she participates is to organize the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue on the basis of constitutional principles. She called on Albania to assist in the process of pushing for the recognition of the state of Kosovo, as well as support for the Euro-Atlantic course and membership in international organizations.

Kodheli said Kosovo is a point of conversation and an inseparable issue in any round table that Albanian representatives exercise in their daily work, allowing them to be one voice when Kosovo deems it impossible. There was also agreement for an even closer co-operation within international organizations involving permanent parliamentary delegations, but with different regimes.

The Albanian parliamentary delegation was accompanied during the visit by the Albanian Ambassador to Pristina, Qemal Minxhozi./ibna