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First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pacolli is hosted in a meeting by Commissioner Hahn, Kosovo should focus on implementing the European agenda

Brussels, 28 September 2017 - First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Behgjet Pacolli, in the light of his first visit to the headquarters of the European Union Institutions, was hosted in a bilateral meeting by the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn.

In the light of this meeting, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Behgjet Pacolli, initially thanked the host for the warm welcome, continued support from the institution that he leads but also for his personal engagement with the process of approximation of Kosovo and the region on the road to the European Union.

Subsequently, Kosovo's chief of diplomacy Pacolli reaffirmed the official position of the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo that "the European and Euro-Atlantic integration process remains the main goal of the foreign policy of the Republic of Kosovo", considering that "European values are also Kosovo's values and that the journey of Kosovo is not complete without being a part of the European family ".

In the light of this meeting Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pacolli expressed the commitment of the Institutions of the Republic of Kosovo for all processes related to the European agenda, including the dynamism of the implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement and visa liberalization.

Further, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pacolli during the meeting with Commissioner Hahn also discussed about demarcation of border line with Montenegro, assessing that if this issue is not a problem between these two countries, then EU as well should not create problems or obstacles. In this regard, he has confirmed the excellent relations that existed and exist between Kosovo and Montenegro.

On his part, Commissioner Hahn has emphasized that will be considered the options of how to proceed further in regard to this process, by taking into account the views of member states as well. He also re-confirmed the continuation of further support and stated that the country's institutions should focus on the implementation of the European agenda and the reforms required in this process. The process of regional/good neighbourly cooperation and regional processes in the field of European integration such as that of the 6 Western Balkan countries/Berlin Process, including the Trieste declaration, has been praised of particular importance, whereas the non-recognition by five EU countries still remains a challenge.

In this meeting, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pacolli expressed the commitment of Kosovo's institutions regarding the EU-facilitated dialogue on normalization of relations with Serbia, by re-emphasizing the commitment to implement the agreements that were reached so far.

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