Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited Pristina today, where he met with Kosovo’s state and political leadership.
Nikos Dendias reaffirmed Greece’s support for Kosovo’s leaders in the Euro-Atlantic course and visa liberalization, while the country’s leaders urged the Greek official that Greece recognize Kosovo’s independence.
In the meeting of Nikos Dendias with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Donika Gervalla, stated that Greece is an important neighboring country in the region, seeking to update the status of the Athens office from a financial office to an office of interest.
“The independence of the Republic of Kosovo is an unchangeable fact and must be accepted as soon as possible. “We reaffirm that we will continue the dialogue with Greece and other partners on this issue as well,” Gervalla said.
The Greek Foreign Minister stated that Greece supports the ongoing dialogue, calling for intensive efforts to find a permanent and comprehensive solution.
“We believe that the entire Western Balkans should be connected to the transatlantic line. There are great untapped potentials in our cultural relations and we must seek progress in this area as well. Greece has consistently supported the accession of the Western Balkans to the EU for the past two decades. “We believe that the Western Balkans belong to Europe and should be an integral part of the EU,” he said.
Through the office, which has been updated to a Kosovo office of general interest in Athens, we are constantly supporting dialogue. “I have regular contacts with my friends and European representative Lajcak and Greece supports these efforts,” he added.
Nikos Dendias also met with President Vjosa Osmani, Parliament Speaker Glauk Konjufca and Prime Minister Albin Kurti. Inaccessible meetings for the media.
In the meeting with Kurti, Dendias expressed his will and readiness
of the Greek state to intensify economic and trade cooperation with Kosovo and for new investments. Given the common history and geography of the region, the Greek Foreign Minister said that Greece is very interested in increasing cultural cooperation with Kosovo, according to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister.
On his part, Kurti reiterated the request for recognition of Kosovo’s independence by Greece and stressed the importance of visa liberalization for Kosovo citizens.
Kurti thanked Nikos Dednias for the role of Greek foreign policy towards Kosovo and the commitment for Kosovo’s membership in international organizations, as happened in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where the Greek vote was essential for membership, but also the vote for membership in Europe Central Bank and the Venice Commission.
The Greek Foreign Minister said that Greece unceasingly supports visa liberalization and that it will support and assist Kosovo in its European and Euro-Atlantic course.
The President of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, Glauk Konjufca, in his meeting with Nikos Dendias, expressed the readiness and the need to deepen cooperation between the two countries, as well as the benefit for the Republic of Kosovo of recognition by Greece on its path to integration european.
Dendias reiterated the support of the Greek state in Kosovo for visa liberalization and its progress towards the European Union. He also noted that Greece’s stance on Kosovo was constructive, citing co-operation so far in the fields of economic development, energy and the contribution of Greek soldiers to KFOR, according to the Assembly Press Office.
The European integration of the Western Balkan countries and the dialogue with Serbia were also discussed.
The President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, received today the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he stressed that relations between the two countries are good, emphasizing that the recognition of Kosovo by Greece will further strengthen bilateral and multilateral relations between the two countries. In this context, he also stressed the importance of Kosovo’s participation in Euro-Atlantic security mechanisms.
He also stressed the need to boost trade and economic transactions, as well as co-operation in the field of tourism and culture, according to a statement issued by the Office of the President.
For his part, the Greek Foreign Minister noted Kosovo’s support for its European course, as well as the visa liberalization process.