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March 2015

Croatia offers comprehensive support for Kosovo’s integration

Zagreb, 28 March – During the first day of his visit to Croatia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia, Gordan Jandroković, with Deputy Prime Minister Petar Čobanković and with the Speaker of Parliament, Luka Bebić.

During these meetings, Minister Hoxhaj received Croatia’s support for continuing cooperation between the two countries and their readiness to help Kosovo in the visa liberalization process.

After meeting with his Croat counterpart, Minister Hoxhaj received Croatia’s strong commitment to assist Kosovo in its membership of various regional and international initiatives, and especially advancing the process of visa liberalization for Kosovo’s citizens. “The Republic of Croatia will serve as a model for the Republic of Kosovo for visa liberalization and integration into the European Union. We will learn from their experience so that we are ahead of integration. We agreed to draft a joint agenda soon regarding the possibilities for cooperation between our two states”, said Minister Hoxhaj.

In the context of close cooperation in all areas, Minister Hoxhaj emphasized cooperation in the economy, trade, culture, education and sport. “Croatia’s market is open to investing in Kosovar products”, said Minister Hoxhaj.

The head of Kosovar diplomacy announced the signing of many cooperation agreements in various fields between Kosovo and Croatia.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia, Gordan Jandroković said that the Republic of Croatia has taken necessary large steps forward in the visa liberalization process and accession to the European Union.

“During these years, we have gained great experience in these two processes.  It is precisely this experience and expertise that we want to give Kosovo, so that its path toward the EU is shorter and faster than ours”, said Minister Jandroković.

Emphasizing the fact that Croatia was one of the first states to recognize Kosovo’s independence, the head of Croat diplomacy, Jandroković expressed his state’s support for the territorial integrity and citizenship of the Republic of Kosovo. In addition, he expressed Croatia’s support for technical dialogue between the Republic of Kosovo and Serbia.

“We support technical dialogue between the two states of Kosovo and Serbia, as two independent states. On this question, Croatia can serve as a model for regional cooperation, resolving technical issues between regional states”, said Jandroković.

Minister Hoxhaj also met with Deputy Prime Minister Petar Čobanković who is also the Minister of Agriculture.

Čobanković said that Kosovar products should have more space in the Croatian market, and promised to ensure that in particular food products from Kosovo reach Croatia easier.

In addition, Minister Hoxhaj held a meeting with the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Luka Bebić during which he discussed intensifying cooperation between the two Parliaments.


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