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Hungary a strong voice for a European Kosovo

Prishtina, 22 November 2012 – At the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Guido Westerwelle and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, János Martonyi, Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enver Hoxhaj, participated in a conference with the foreign ministers of countries in South Eastern Europe, which begins tomorrow in Berlin.

Today, as part of this conference, Minister Hoxhaj held a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, János Martonyi.

Minister Hoxhaj informed his Hungarian counterpart about Kosovo’s progress, with particular emphasis on reforms for European integration.

Hoxhaj asked Martonyi for Hungary’s support for visa liberalization and the signing of an Agreement on Stabilization and Association between the Republic of Kosovo and the European Union, which as Minister Hoxhaj said, would be a contractual relation between Kosovo and the EU.

The Foreign Minister of Kosovo praised the excellent relations between Kosovo and Hungary, expressing the willingness of the Kosovo Government to further strengthen economic cooperation and exchange in other areas, between the two countries and their societies.
Hoxhaj informed his Hungarian counterpart about the normalization of relations between the Republic of Kosovo and Serbia, a process in which all open bilateral issues will be resolved between the two states.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, János Martonyi, said that Hungary supports the European path of the Republic of Kosovo.

“Kosovo has done a great job in fulfilling European criteria and Hungary is a strong voice supporting Kosovo in this process”, said Martonyi, welcoming the start of normalization of relations between the Republics of Kosovo and Serbia.

The conference, which was started in 2008 by the Aspen Institute, provides a good platform for Western Balkan states, Turkey and the US, to discuss various current issues and challenges of South Eastern Europe.

Also participating in the conference were the foreign ministers of Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, the US, Turkey, Serbia, and Bosnia Herzegovina.

The host of the conference was the Hungary Embassy in Germany, the Aspen Institute and as cooperating partners, the Foreign Ministries of Germany and Hungary.

Tonight, as part of the conference, the Foreign Minister of Germany, Guido Westerwelle, has organized a dinner, in which all ministers of the Western Balkans, Turkey and Hungary will be present, as well as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Philip Reeker.

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