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Hoxhaj in the conference on City Diplomacy emphasizes the importance of municipalities on foreign policy

Prizren, April 14, 2017 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Association of Kosovo Municipalities has organized a one-day conference on subject: “The City Diplomacy; governance, local development and foreign relations”.

At this conference were present mayors, ambassadors accredited in Kosovo, ambassadors of Kosovo abroad, whereas it was discussed about the ways of cooperation between Kosovo cities and the different cities in Europe and beyond.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enver Hoxhaj in his speech addressed to participants said that international cooperation of municipalities is important part of Kosovo’s foreign policy. He added that the MFA is available to the Municipalities to assist in the process of concluding cooperation’s, agreements or twinning’s, in the function of increasing the opportunities for the citizens of Kosovo.

“The purpose of this conference is to have a deeper exchange of ideas, to reflect on how to have better coordination on foreign policy, and from the outcomes deriving from this conference, to make an action plan with concrete and measurable goals to get easier the development of international cooperation of the municipalities”, said Minister Hoxhaj.

On the other hand, the President of the Association of Kosovo Municipalities, Naim Ismajli has estimated that municipalities may have a positive impact on diplomacy.

“Cooperation between different cities, twinning’s, memberships in various international organizations, have increased the contribution of municipalities on foreign policy”, estimated Ismajli.

In addition to participants from Kosovo, experiences in municipality governance has also shared Arbjan Mazniku, Deputy Mayor of Tirana.

In other panels, it was discussed about the promotion of local tourism and engagement of cities in regional and international initiatives and associations. Today’s conference is organized as a continuation of the activities deriving from the Ambassadors Conference organized in December last year.

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