Prime Minister Erdogan promises a wide-ranging support to Kosova

“The people and institutions of Kosova highly appreciate the role that Turkey has played during the period that led to the freedom and independence of our country”, the President of Republic of Kosova, Dr. Fatmir Sejdiu, said during a meeting with the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Rexhep Taip Erdogan in Ankara today.

“There are strong historic and cultural ties between Kosova and Turkey and these ties will be strengthened in the future, because the will exist on both sides”, President Sejdiu said. He thanked Prime Minister Erdogan for the support that he personally and the Government of Turkey have provided to Kosova, especially during the process that has led to the independence of our country.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Erdogan assured President Sejdiu that the Turkish diplomacy will continue to engage earnestly in promoting Republic of Kosova’s speedy accession to international institutions. He also reaffirmed the readiness of Republic of Turkey to engage in ensuring further international recognition of Kosova’s independence by the members of the Organization of Islamic Conference in particular, on which Turkey can exert an influence.

The meetings discussed concrete ways to boost cooperation between the two countries, with particular emphasis on fields of economy, education, culture, etc. Prime Minister Erdogan said his country will continue to grant scholarships to students of Kosova, starting with Bachelor up to the level of Master and Doctorate studies.

Prime Minister Erdogan attached a special importance to Turkish investments in Kosova, promising he would encourage Turkish businesses to increase their presence in Kosova.

The meeting reconfirmed that all opportunities exist to strengthen further the brotherly relations between the two countries and that the Turkish community in Kosova and the people of Kosova origin living in Turkey constitute a bridge and a steady foundation to the future of these relations.