The President of the Republic of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani, during her working visit to Portugal, was received by Prime Minister António Costa.
The relations between the two countries were assessed as very amicable, with President Osmani praising the support provided by Portugal to Kosovo since 1999, with the participation of soldiers in the KFOR mission, and also during the later stages of state formation and state building.
Asking for Portugal’s further support on our country’s Euro-Atlantic path, President Osmani emphasized that it is not only Kosovo’s state interest but also the EU’s strategic interest that the Western Balkans, based on merit, take decisive steps towards membership, in order to contribute to the common goal of a whole, free and peaceful Europe. In this context, the President reiterated that it is necessary to take urgent steps for membership in NATO, starting with the Partnership for Peace, as a step that would contribute enormously to peace in the region and our continent.
President Osmani informed Prime Minister Costa of the latest political and security developments in Kosovo, especially regarding Serbia’s aggression towards Kosovo and the need to address its responsibility for the destabilization of Kosovo and of the region.
President Osmani also stressed that in the dialogue with Serbia, Kosovo continues to be a constructive party and that only mutual recognition is a condition for peace and stability in the region.
The two interlocutors also discussed the possibilities for the expansion of cooperation in the field of foreign policy, the IT sector, economic and commercial exchange, education, as well as other areas of mutual interest.