Pristina, January 20, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Foreign Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci had a meeting with his Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurzi to talk about extremism and radicalism, phenomena for which he said that the state of Kosovo will show no tolerance.
Thaci said that Kosovo is a leader in the region against extremism and radicalism. He said that Kosovo has taken concrete steps and very important ones against all elements that have posed a threat for the society of Kosovo.
“Now we’re drafting a law that forbids the participation of our citizens in foreign conflicts. I believe that this will help us a lot in filling this legal void. I can say that we will fight with zero tolerance against extremist and radical elements wherever they are”, declared Thaci.
On the other hand, Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz said that participation in conflicts in Syria and Iraq is great and figures are worrying.
“In our point of view, these figures are high. Five thousand people from Europe have gone to Syria and Iraq and this is dramatic not only because religious minorities are being violated there, but this also poses a threat for security if those people return to Europe”, says Kurz.
Both ministers also discussed on further Austrian investments in Kosovo, where Thaci added that Kosovo continues its efforts to attract Austrian investors and that institutions are working in order to offer the necessary conditions for this.
“We’re doing our best even in the bilateral relations with Austria. Austria is one of the countries with a strong international presence in Kosovo, be it with KFOR, OSCE and other international mechanisms, but at the same time, we must continue to encourage Austrian investors even more, especially in the hydro energy sector, to come to Kosovo and create new jobs and help on improving the wellbeing of our citizens. I am persuaded that our relations will intensify even further”, said Thaci.
On the other hand, Mr. Kurz has confirmed Austria’s support.
“Of course, we will do our best to give you our support for your EU integration”, said Kurz. /ibna/