Tirana, 19 October 2021 - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, Donika Gërvalla, in the framework of her official visit to the Republic of Albania, attended the Foreign Policy Forum organized by the Albanian Institute for International Studies, on the topic “Kosovo Foreign Policy.”
In front of a large audience composed of diplomatic, institutional, civil society and media representatives, Minister Gërvalla revealed the Kosovo foreign policy priorities, focusing on priorities, challenges and reforms accompanying the diplomacy sector over the years.
She unfolded that the new Government of Kosovo, in addition to the commitment to the strengthening of the rule of law, economic development, equality and welfare for the citizens of Kosovo, is exceptionally focused on strengthening its international subjectivity through integration and membership to international organizations, improving the foreign service, lobbying strategy for new recognitions and ensuring diplomatic, cultural and economic promotion.
“Our foreign policy is built upon the principles of good neighbour cooperation and relations, contributing to the peace and security in the region and beyond. In this spirit, the Republic of Kosovo resumed talks with Serbia, aimed at normalizing relations and mutual recognition”, she stated.
She further revealed the positions and principles of the Kosovo side in this dialogue, which, as she stated, should be fair and equal.
Gërvalla stated that Serbia should accept the reality of independent Kosovo and the truth of crimes committed in the past.
“At the same time, parties should be treated equally in the roundtable talks. This dialogue should result in solutions that are real, useful and necessary four our citizens”, she highlighted.
In addition to the dialogue issue, Kosovo, as a new state, is dealing with a number of tasks in order to comply with the European Agenda and strengthen its international subjectivity.
The Republic of Kosovo, thanks to the support from its allies, namely United States of America and other countries, managed to have excellent relations with many countries around the world.
In this regard, as she added, it remains highly committed to increase the number of new recognitions, memberships to various international organizations and initiatives. Moreover, she made a mention of the efforts to attract foreign investors, going in favour of opening new jobs for youth in Kosovo.
She also spoke about the regional cooperation. In this point, she emphasized the commitment of the Government of Kosovo to conclude joint agreements to the benefit of citizens within the Berlin Process, which, having the EU within, provides greater security and stability for Western Balkans than any other initiative.
Gërvalla added that Kosovo is member of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She also mentioned the fact that Kosovo has signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement with EU.
“The main aspiration, in addition to the EU integration, remains the membership to NATO”, stated Gërvalla, among others, dwelling also on the rights of minorities and high standards that Kosovo employs to treat those rights, which are seen as a positive example.
Furthermore, Minister Gërvalla responded to the high interest of the participants in the forum in relation to the concrete Kosovo-Albania cooperation issues, regional cooperation, Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, election process progress and many other issues of foreign policy.