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Foreign Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Behgjet Pacolli, welcomed his counterpart, the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias

Prishtina, 12 April 2018 - In the framework of his Balkan tour, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias stayed in Prishtina where he was hosted at the airport by his counterpart Behgjet Pacolli, in a very warm and friendly ceremony. The two ministers then moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where after a head-to-head meeting, official talks we held between the two delegations.

 Minister Kotzias: invited his counterpart, Behgjet Pacolli, to pay a visit to Athens. 'We want to progress each year step by step in terms of the relations with you', said Kotzias.

Minister Pacolli: We are open to Greek investors in Kosovo. Kosovo is an independent state and this is an undeniable reality!

"We ask Greece to support us in our international integration, as it has done in the past, in UNESCO, INTERPOL, etc. We want the presence of Greek investors and goods in Kosovo", was Foreign Minister's Behgjet Pacolli request which was accepted by his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias. He called for the removal of barriers to the free movement of Kosovo citizens and businesses to Greece. Minister Pacolli praised the work done by Greek diplomats at the head of the diplomatic mission in Prishtina, at the head of EULEX, and the support of Commissioner Avramopoulos to Kosovo with regard to visa liberalization.

On the other hand, the Greek Minister invited Kosovo's Chief Diplomat to pay a visit to Athens. "Come and communicate your wonderful ideas to our entrepreneurs in a business forum between the two countries. Let's create an agenda of positive relations, let's achieve step-by-step progress and not remain at standstill due to the past", said Greek Minister Kotzias.

He invited Kosovo to the meetings of the EUROMED organization amongst the seven Mediterranean countries in order to show its attitudes and increase the European cooperation.

"Kosovo belongs to the region and we will help Kosovo because in that way we help ourselves", said Minister Kotzias. He said he appreciates Kosovo's efforts to build a new reality in the region and supports its participation in the Sofia Summit. Further on, the Greek Chief Diplomat Kotzias expressed his country's readiness to provide assistance for the negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo, for restoration of cultural heritage sites, etc.

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