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Minister Hyseni meets the Foreign Ministers of Botswana and the United Arab Emirates

During the day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Skender Hyseni, continued a series of meetings with foreign ministers staying in New York during the plenary session of the General Assembly, with the aim of speeding up and intensifying recognition of the state of Kosovo.

During the day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Skender Hyseni, continued a series of meetings with foreign ministers staying in New York during the plenary session of the General Assembly, with the aim of speeding up and intensifying recognition of the state of Kosovo.

To this end, Minister Hyseni held a special meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana, Phandu Skelemani. In the meeting, Minister Hyseni concentrated particularly on the circumstances created after the announcement of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice regarding Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence and approval of the General Assembly resolution relating to this Opinion. In addition, the Minister discussed the specific context which led to the creation of the state of Kosovo, emphasizing amongst others the fact that the Republic of Serbia cannot claim the heritage of the former Yugoslav federation, as it does with regard to the Non-aligned Movement, since the cause of the disintegration of this federation was Serbia, through its attempt to dominate all constitutive units of the federation, one of which was Kosova.   

With regard to the World Court Opinion, the Minister observed that this had been requested by the Republic of Serbia itself, yet nevertheless and despite its delay of this process, “we continually expressed our full trust in the objectivity of the International Court of Justice, in international law and in our just cause”. Finally, the General Assembly, in its Resolution A/64/L.65/Rev.1, welcomed the World Court Opinion, representing a formal political approval of the Opinion of the key legal body of the United Nations, which decided on all points in favor of Kosovo’s independence. As a consequence of these developments, the Minister stated that he does not see any reason to delay any further formal recognition of the newest state.  

The Minister of Botswana, Phandu Skelemani, said that he had read the decision of the International Court of Justice, commenting that it was, “a clear decision”. Minister Skelemani also assured Minister Hyseni that he would soon formally present a position for recognition to his Government.   

In another special and productive meeting, Minister Hyseni met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Ministers discussed recent developments in and about Kosovo, focusing particularly on recognition, relations between the two countries, intensifying and making concrete cooperation between the Republic of Kosovo and the United Arab Emirates, including researching the possibilities for investment in Kosovo by the business community from the Emirates. In the meeting, Minister Hyseni called on his counterpart to visit Kosovo, and Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan accepted the invitation with pleasure. His visit is planned to take place before the end of the year. The two ministers agreed to start immediately preparations for signing agreements for defense and promoting investment and removing double taxation. Furthermore, in the meeting the Minister called on the business community of the United Arab Emirates to investigate investment opportunities in Kosovo and also mentioned the favorable legal framework for foreign investors.      

During the day Minister Hyseni had a series of meetings with counter-parts from various countries, all staying in New York.
     

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