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Foreign Minister Pacolli, in a meeting with Bulgarian counterpart Mrs. Zaharieva: Bulgaria's support for Kosovo is very important; we aim for increased trade exchange

Prishtina, 19 October 2017 – First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Behgjet Pacolli, hosted in a special meeting his counterpart from the Republic of Bulgaria, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ekaterina Zaharieva.

The discussions conducted in the framework of the joint bilateral meeting included the current state of bilateral relations between the two countries, regional issues, role and support that Bulgaria will have during the upcoming EU Presidency from January next year, further support for Kosovo's membership in international organizations, as well as the need for increased economic cooperation and trade exchange between the two countries.

Further, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Pacolli, assessed Bulgaria's supportive role for Kosovo in all processes and in the spirit of this revealed the future plans of mutual cooperation and Kosovo's agenda in the European integration processes.

"We need to be organized so that economic cooperation is even better and there is more exchange of goods. Kosovo, has something to learn from Bulgaria's experience, both in the state-building experience and in the EU integration experience", stated Mr. Pacolli.

Regarding the dialogue process between the Republic of Kosovo and Serbia, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pacolli said that "the only open path is through dialogue and Kosovo will never stop the dialogue".

On the other hand, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zaharieva highly praised the friendly relations between the two countries and between the people, expressing her country's commitment and the European perspective support for Kosovo and other Western Balkan countries.

In this regard, she stated that from January 2018, Bulgaria will chair the following EU Presidency and one of their key priorities is the Western Balkans.

This is a unique moment for the Western Balkan countries and, as such, should not be wasted, stated the Bulgarian Chief Diplomat.

"We are convinced that without the membership of our friendly countries, the six Western Balkans countries, the European project will not be complete," stated the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, while urging the governments of these countries to continue with the development and implementation of reforms.

She also pledged further support for Kosovo, assessing the deepening of economic cooperation and trade exchanges between the two countries as highly important, since according to her there are many unexploited opportunities on both sides.

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