The President of the Republic of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani during her visit to Turkey took part at the celebration of the 14th anniversary of Kosovo's independence in an activity organized by Kosovar students and diaspora associations in Istanbul and in the organization of the Kosovo Consulate in Istanbul, President Osmani met with representatives of the diaspora, businesses and students.
In her speech at the meeting with students and emigree associations, President Osmani highly appreciated the contribution of the diaspora to all the processes through which the Republic of Kosovo has gone through.
“I know that each of you has the never-ending longing for the homeland and I know that your toil, sweat and sacrifice for us to enjoy freedom and independence today have never been lacking. “Kosovo survived because of you, because of the contribution of the diaspora everywhere in the world, including Turkey,” said President Osmani.
She called the diaspora “the soul and heart of Kosovo”, as she expressed the conviction that with their support, Kosovo will continue to achieve success.
“Kosovo will succeed, because from now on you will see it as a place where you not only come to see your relatives, but you will also see a potential place for investment,” said President Osmani.
At the meeting with representatives of diaspora associations, businesses and students, organized by the Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Istanbul, President Osmani praised the diaspora as the best ambassadors of the state of Kosovo.
According to her, the freedom and independence of Kosovo is the realization of the dream of entire generations of Albanians, including those of Turkey, who have maintained ties with Kosovo, the homeland of their grandparents and great-grandparents. She stressed that diaspora investments in Kosovo play a role in creating new jobs in Kosovo.
“It is very clear to Kosovo that a committed and well-integrated diaspora is an asset and an important factor in the relations between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Turkey. Your home always remains Kosovo, while you continue to honor and raise the name of our country in every corner of the world where you live and work. We are always grateful for this “, said President Osmani.
In this context, he stressed that the diaspora apart from the financial contribution has a role in the development of Kosovo, as the main direct investors in critical and emerging industries.