Pristina, February 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Greece, Evangelos Venizelos visits Pristina today (19.02) in the framework of a tour of visits that he has launched in several Balkan countries.
Mr. Venizelos, who is also the head of the EU Presidency for the first 6 months of this year, was in Belgrade yesterday and in the days to come, he’s expected to visit Skopje and Tirana.
In his meetings in Pristina, Mr. Venizelos will met with the prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci.
Yesterday, Venizelos has visited Serbia, where he has met with prime minister Ivica Dacic. He congratulated Serbia on its leadership and courage shown in the talks with Kosovo and said that Kosovo and the entire region have a clear European perspective and that Greece supports such thing.
Venizelos said that the launch of negotiations for Serbia’s EU accession will be key to the stability in the Western Balkan and stressed that he was happy that these negotiations were launched on January 21 during the Greek EU presidency.
Dacic and Venizelos said that Serbia and Greece have close relations with each other. The head of the Greek government considered Greece “as the best EU friend”, by thanking Athens for the understanding and support given to Belgrade.
Venizelos said that both governments have agreed for a joint meeting in the second half of 2014.
Greece is the third biggest investor in Serbia. It’s one of the 5 EU member countries which not to have recognized Kosovo, but it recognizes the international passports issued by authorities in Kosovo. /ibna/