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President Radev: Kosovo's Full Integration into the International Community Will Contribute to the Stability and Security of the Region and Europe

2024-04-22 17:22:00

The Head of State meets with Kosovo Prime Minister

Bulgaria consistently supports the efforts of the Republic of Kosovo to deepen the country's integration into European structures and the international community. This will contribute to ensuring stability and security not only in the Western Balkans but also in Europe, President Rumen Radev said at a meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

During the talks, Rumen Radev and Albin Kurti hailed the strengthening of the political dialogue between Bulgaria and Kosovo, including at the highest level. They discussed the opportunities for fostering bilateral cooperation with a focus on promoting business ties between the two countries. Rumen Radev expressed satisfaction that following the visit of Kosovo's President Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu to our country in 2022 and his visit to Pristina in 2023, progress has been made on bilateral agreements in various sectors of mutual interest.

The Bulgarian President praised the commitment of the Kosovo authorities to grant status to the Bulgarian community in Kosovo. It is extremely important that mechanisms be enshrined in law to allow the citizens in Kosovo with Bulgarian identity to preserve and express their identity, as well as to freely exercise their civil rights, Radev said.

Kosovo's European integration and the implementation of reforms to strengthen democratic and modern institutions are important not only for Kosovo's citizens, but they will also send a strong positive signal to the Western Balkans, Rumen Radev said. In the President's words, in the context of the acceleration of the EU enlargement process, Kosovo should not be left in the background and the country's reported progress should be motivated.

Prime Minister Kurti thanked for Bulgaria's consistent position on the country's European perspective, including support for membership in the Council of Europe.

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