The President: We will never forget France’s contribution to the freedom and the state of Kosovo

Prishtina, July 13, 2019 - The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, attended this evening the reception organized by the French Embassy in Kosovo for the 14th of July, the National Holiday of France

President Thaçi has said that the 14th of July is a date that has provided a very special place, not only in the history of France, but also of Europe and the entire West.

“Liberty, fraternity and equality, as basic principles of the French revolution have been and remain inspirational to all, and also to us here in Kosovo”, said President Thaçi.

The Head of State has stressed that Kosovo’s freedom is a supreme European and western value.

“Kosovo’s freedom brought us together in 1999. The state of Kosovo united us again in 2008. Now, Kosovo and France are, as are Kosovo and the West, united in the promotion of the best political and economic values of the democracy”, said President Thaçi.

He has added that he is aware that as a young state, we have many more trials on our journey.

“We shall be adamant in our ambitions, of the state of Kosovo, to fulfil them as soon as possible to become part of NATO and the European Union. We shall prove that we deserve to be a part of NATO and the European Union”, he added.

President Thaçi has further stressed that for the realization of this goal we count on the help, the support and great friendship that Kosovo has with France.

“France and its people have been with us on our most difficult days, the darkest days of the war and during the state making years and now of the Euro-Atlantic perspective. Therefore, allow me to thank on this occasion, all those French men and women who contributed in politics, in diplomacy, as part of KFOR, EULEX and in all other civilian institutions, for Kosovo to strongly walk towards a safe future”, stressed the President.

President Thaçi has said that we shall never forget the contribution made by France to the freedom and to the state of Kosovo.