Prishtina, 26 October 2017 – Turkey will intensify the support provide to Kosovo and will provide this support in all processes. This was concluded in the meeting held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Behgjet Pacolli with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara.
Turkish assistance will be strongly focused on economic development, investments that increase employment, by also taking advantage of the opportunities created by the Law on Strategic Investment, and taking into account the sense of friendship of the Albanian people of Kosovo and the good tradition in this regard.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pacolli, thanked Turkey for what his country has done, starting from the difficult moments of the conflict, and asked to intensify this assistance in the field of economy, with focus on energy, but also in international aspect (by lobbying for recognitions and membership in international organizations).
Mr. Pacolli described the composition of goods in the Kosovo food and agriculture market and the value that is approximately one billion, and asked for an increased presence of Turkish goods in order to balance the monopolies of the neighbouring countries in this market, thus positively contributing to the quality and price of these goods.
Mr. Pacolli requested Turkey's support in convincing Serbia to not block the Interconnection Line between Albania and Kosovo, which was built with western funding and which facilitated the energy crisis in Kosovo, for which his counterpart expressed his readiness to help in this direction.
In the light of this meeting, both sides agreed to maintain regular contacts, to conduct necessary coordination and coordinate all issues that are considered to be of common interest.
After meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Çavuşoğlu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pacolli will continue with other meetings, including the meeting with Speaker of Parliament of Turkey. Afterwards, the Kosovo Chief Diplomat will also place a wreath at Ataturk's tomb. The visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pacolli in Turkey came after the visit he conducted in Republic of Macedonia, whereas the new diplomatic tour aimed at creating new synergies of Kosovo diplomacy will continue in the coming days in other countries.