President Osmani at the meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar: Kosovo deserves the EU candidate country status

The President of the Republic of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani received today the Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar.

Current political and security developments, mutual interests and the expansion of opportunities for increased cooperation were discussed at the meeting.

Excellent relations between Kosovo and Ireland were once again reconfirmed, as President Osmani thanked Prime Minister Varadkar for his steadfast support to Kosovo’s ongoing efforts for sustainable peace, stability and economic development.

President Osmani expressed her gratitude for Ireland’s support to Kosovo’s path towards obtainment of Council of Europe membership. Furthermore, she emphasized the importance of continuation of this support towards the final membership in the Council of Europe, the EU, as well as in other international organizations.

“Membership in the Council of Europe is to the benefit of all citizens of Kosovo and enables advanced protection of human rights,” emphasized President Osmani.
President Omani also stated that it is time that Kosovo’s relations with the EU should be raised to the next level.

“Kosovo deserves the status of a candidate country. Kosovo embodies European values, and in this spirit, there is a continuous engagement that our legislation is in harmony with EU laws. It is the right moment for us to receive the status of a candidate country,” said President Osmani.

In relation to the recent developments in the country, President Osmani potentiated that Kosovo has already taken meaningful steps in de-escalating the situation in the north of the country and called the EU’s measures disproportionate and detrimental to the citizens of Kosovo.

In this context, President Osmani expressed gratitude for Ireland’s stance against these measures and repeated the call for their revocation, because the current measures in force against Kosovo are unfair and create a lack of balance in the dialogue.

As far as the security situation is concerned, President Osmani said that the lack of measures against Serbia in relation to the terrorist attack and the act of aggression on September 24th in Banjskë only encourages it to carry out similar acts again, which affects not only the stability of Kosovo, but also of the region.

President Osmani and Prime Minister Varadkar emphasized the importance of cooperation in addressing global challenges and promoting development in all spheres of common interest, with a special focus on education and healthcare.

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