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Albania-Kosovo set up a joint Secretariat for the implementation of agreements between them

  • 10/18/2021 5:34 PM
Albania-Kosovo set up a joint Secretariat for the implementation of agreements between them

Albania-Kosovo cooperation will be deepened in all areas and Albania has been and will continue to be the strongest advocate for Kosovo to the international community. This was emphasized by the two Foreign Ministers, that of Albania Olta Xhaçka and that of Kosovo, Donika Gërvalla, who is on a one-day visit to Tirana.

The two ministers agreed that Albania and Kosovo should set up a joint Secretariat, which will serve to implement the agreements that have been signed so far and will be made in the future. Albania and Kosovo will also have joint diplomatic points in some areas such as Africa and Asia, while there will be cooperation between diplomats in existing embassies.

Xhaçka said that Albania's priority is Kosovo's membership in regional initiatives and international organizations, while adding that the dialogue agreement with Serbia should bring mutual recognition between the two countries and Kosovo's membership in the UN and the EU.

"We talked about fulfilling the tasks left by the meeting of the two prime ministers Rama-Kurti on September 27, where a joint Secretariat will be established as an operational structure and will be an efficient mechanism for following and implementing the agreements signed so far and that will be signed in the future. There will be an increase in joint diplomacy in areas such as Africa and Asia and a combination of the work of Albanian and Kosovo diplomats in existing embassies. "We have been the most uncompromising lawyer for Kosovo, we will raise our voice for it and we have openly lobbied and criticized the injustice done to Kosovo by Brussels for not liberalizing visas", said Xhaçka.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Donika Gërvalla said that Kosovo and Albania have a cooperation in all areas and will come to strengthen it even more. She said that Kosovo is oriented towards the EU and NATO and is skeptical of competing concepts towards the EU, while calling for the aggressive language of Serbia, the whole region should be more coordinated so as not to jeopardize stability.

"We will make a good balance of our cooperation and a clear strategy of where we want to see Kosovo and Albania in the future. We must be careful to strengthen this fragile peace we have in the region and work together to ensure that stability is not compromised. Kosovo has a clear orientation towards the EU and NATO and is skeptical of competing concepts towards the EU", said Gërvalla.

Also, the two ministers decided to promote the photo competition "Colors of Albanians" where it will be opened in November in Albania and then will continue in Kosovo.

/Klara Ruci/