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Hoxhaj: Germany, a strategic partner in Kosovo’s European path

Berlin, March 2, 2014 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, invited by the Institute of Southeast Europe in Berlin held a lecture with the theme "Kosovo, Europe”

Before many academics, politicians and prominent personalities in Germany, Mr. Hoxhaj elaborated the process of state-building in Kosovo and Germany's role in ensuring European perspective for the South-eastern Europe countries.

He also talked about the recognition process and strengthening Kosovo`s statehood and support of its' main partner countries.

Minister Hoxhaj emphasised the current commitments of Kosovo, stating that the main agenda of the Republic of Kosovo is EU integration.

Speaking of close friendship with Germany, Mr. Hoxhaj emphasized that it is based on some historical moments, which have been decisive and that Berlin has become the most important political address for Kosovo in Europe.

"There are two moments, which are the best indicators why Kosovo has friendly relations with Germany. First moment takes us back to 1999, where Germany for the first time takes part in a military action against Serbia, within NATO forces to prevent genocide and mass expulsion", said Mr. Hoxhaj

He added that the other defining moment is when Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Belgrade in August 2011, where for the first time proposed concrete steps for the normalization of relations between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia.

Germany, as Mr. Hoxhaj stated, has now become a very important stakeholder for South-eastern Europe and Kosovo, which supports and promotes positive developments.

"To me, the expansion of EU in the Balkans is not expansion persei, but it is consolidation. Of course, a lot of work should be done to achieve recovery in Europe. And in the European way, Berlin remains the most important political address of my country, Kosovo, “emphasized Mr. Hoxhaj, before 200 participants in this speech.

He also mentioned the cooperation between the Republic of Kosovo and its neighbours, citing three targets.

First is:"Recognition and establishment of diplomatic relations with the countries of South-eastern Europe”. Second is membership in initiatives and regional organizations that promote neighbourly cooperation. Third, development and maintaining good neighbourly relations with countries in the regio", said Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj.

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