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Kosovo: Kurti and Merkel Discuss Dialogue, Vaccines and Workplaces

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, held a virtual meeting on Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reports Gazeta Express.

Kurti said in a statement posted on Twitter that they addressed a range of issues including vaccines, jobs and justice, as well as the EU-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.

“A detailed and open discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. We addressed a range of issues including vaccines, jobs and justice, emphasizing our strong bilateral relations and the need for investment that brings jobs. “We have agreed on dialogue that it should be equal and result in mutual recognition,” Kurti said.

In a more detailed post on Facebook, Kurti said that regarding the dialogue with Serbia, they agreed that the dialogue should be fair, based on trust, which should result in mutual recognition. “I added that Kosovo ‘s independence and its territorial integrity cannot be a topic of discussion – we cannot go back to 2008,” Kurti said, referring to Kosovo’ s declaration of independence on February 18, 2008.

Kurti said that awaiting the Berlin Process Summit, which is expected to take place in July, he told Chancellor Merkel that the region needs economic and trade co-operation, but not a project as a replacement for the EU integration process. “Economic cooperation must go hand in hand with the democratization of the region. “Kosovo has met the criteria for liberalization and Germany can help push this process forward,” said Kurti.

The Prime Minister of Kosovo said that he received the confirmation of Chancellor Merkel that Germany will support visa liberalization for the citizens of Kosovo.

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