On 28 September 2018, during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Behgjet Pacolli. During the meeting the parties discussed bilateral relations, Kosovo’s integration with the European Union (EU), and the advancement of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.
“Our countries have good bilateral relationship, which should be expanded in the economic sector. Ever since Kosovo gained independence, Latvia has supported the development of a democratic and multicultural state of Kosovo. Latvia is prepared to share its experience in the field of integration with the European Union and carrying out reforms,”
The Latvian Foreign Minister said that Latvia was interested in a continued investment into the professional development of young Kosovar leaders by means of the Intensive Programme in EU Law and Economics run by the Riga Graduate School of Law.
The Minister expressed satisfaction over the fact that the EU has been paying special attention to the Western Balkans region this year, asserting clear support for the region’s EU perspective and confirming interest in bringing it closer to the EU through more practical support. “Latvia supports Kosovo’s integration with the European Union and congratulates the country on what it has achieved this summer – the ratification of a border treaty with Montenegro. The fulfilment of other remaining conditions is also a major step towards visa liberalisation,” Edgars Rinkēvičs stressed.
The Foreign Ministers then shared views on the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. “We regard the dialogue as a vital element of peace and stability in the region. We hope that as the result of the talks a long-term solution acceptable for both sides will be achieved on the normalisations of relations, thereby facilitating stability and security across the region,” said the Latvian Foreign Minister.
Edgars Rinkēvičs invited the Foreign Minister of Kosovo to visit Latvia.
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