From: Die Morina van Uijtregt
Kosovo Prime Minister Asks Italy’s Support on Visa Liberalization during Rome Visit

Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti has asked Italy’s support for the country’s visa liberalization during his meeting with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti in Rome Wednesday.

Hoti asked Conte for support in pushing forward Kosovo’s EU integration, “in particular the decision on visa liberalization for Kosovo,” a Kosovo government statement read.

The two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic, regarding which Hoti thanked his counterpart for the support of Italian doctors and nurses assisting their colleagues in Kosovo.

Hoti asked for the intensification of economic cooperation and a bigger presence of Italian investors in Kosovo, including the signing of an agreement on the elimination of double taxation, investment protection and tourism promotion.

Kosovo’s minister of Foreign Affairs, Meliza Haradinaj Stublla discussed political, economic and military cooperation with her Italian counterpart, Luigi di Maio.

“I asked my counterpart for Italy to continue its vocal support for the visa liberalization agenda for Kosovo, and to intensify cooperation with the Kosovo Security Force,” Haradinaj Stublla wrote on Facebook.

She added that minister Di Maio assured her that Italy will continue to stand by Kosovo on its Euro-Atlantic journey.

“We agreed with Minister di Maio that the Western Balkans needs stability, security, and lasting peace that can only be achieved through a final solution between Kosovo and Serbia, that does not ignore responsibility for the tragic past of our people, and that respects the constitutional, political and legal reality of the Republic of Kosovo,” she added.