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Meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of Kosovo, Meliza Haradinaj Stublla

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, met today at the Foreign Ministry in Rome, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of Kosovo, Meliza Haradinaj Stublla.

The meeting allowed to take stock of the excellent state of bilateral relations, in particular economic cooperation. Minister Di Maio manifested Italy’s interest in increasing its business presence in Kosovo, by encouraging concrete opportunities for cooperation, in particular through the operational tools that both countries have put in place in the ICT sector.

Mr. Di Maio also reiterated that the stability of the Western Balkans is a priority for Italy, which is Europe’s number one contributor to ensuring security in Kosovo, thanks to our participation in the KFOR mission, with the second largest contingent on the ground and the Mission Command.

Minister Di Maio then reaffirmed that Italy is firmly committed to supporting the accession of Kosovo, and other Western Balkan countries, to the EU, as a key element for securing the definitive stabilisation of the entire region, hoping that the EU will send tangible signals to this effect, in response to the legitimate aspiration of the citizens of Kosovo to become part of the European family.

Last but not least, addressing the issue of dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, Minister Di Maio renewed his strong support for the action of the EU Special Representative, Mr. Lajcak, expressing the hope that both sides will adopt a constructive approach. Because this is the only way of ensuring that the EU-facilitated dialogue will lead to a final agreement that includes all the still unresolved issues between Serbia and Kosovo.