Joint communique of the Office of the President and the Office of the Prime Minister from the meeting with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron

President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti were received at a meeting by the President of France Emmanuel Macron

The President of the Republic of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti were received today at the Élysee Palace by the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.

At the meeting with President Macron, President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti discussed the expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries, the dynamisation of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue as well as the latest developments in Kosovo, the region and Europe.

As far as the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia is concerned, President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti thanked President Macron for the engagements carried out by France in cooperation with Germany, to dynamise this process. Madam President reiterated the full commitment of Kosovo's institutions to the dialogue process, based on preserving the sovereignty, constitutional order, territorial integrity and functionality of Kosovo, which are inviolable.

At the meeting, President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti emphasized that Kosovo has proposed the general framework of the agreement, and stated that the Franco-German proposal serves as a good basis for further discussions.

President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti also spoke about the recent developments in the north of the country, stressing that the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo remain committed to peace, and stability, guaranteeing a safe environment for all citizens of the country. In this regard, President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti also mentioned the destabilizing tendencies of Serbia, through the strengthening of its illegal structures in Kosovo, the intimidation of Serbian residents and the incitement of criminal groups to undermine law and order in the north of the country. The President and the Prime Minister said that Kosovo will continue to coordinate with international partners in addressing security challenges.

President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti added that Kosovo continues to be an example in the region and beyond regarding the protection of the rights of non-majority communities. The president said that this is an achievement of Kosovo and the western allies, and emphasized the need for joint actions to preserve these achievements.

Furthermore, President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti potentiated that Kosovo is a reliable and credible partner of France and other Euro-Atlantic allies and that strengthening its international position is an added value for the international community and the democratic world. In this direction, she spoke about the concrete steps taken by Kosovo's institutions for membership in the Euro-Atlantic structures. President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti asked that France's support continues for Kosovo's membership in the Council of Europe, and in the Partnership for Peace program, as the first step towards full membership in NATO and Kosovo's application for membership in the European Union and other international organizations.

At the meeting with their counterpart Macron, President Osmani and Prime Minister Kurti also discussed the importance of completing the visa liberalization process during the Czech presidency of the EU Council, a decision that will contribute to the strengthening of the EU credibility.

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