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Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli after the meeting with Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, praised excellent bilateral relations

Luxembourg, 8th of June 2018 - First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Behgjet Pacolli, visited Luxembourg and met with H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.

Both Ministers praised bilateral relations between Kosovo and Luxembourg, Minister Pacolli praised Luxembourg ‘a real friend of Kosovo’. The two countries enjoy excellent political and economic relations. Minister Pacolli thanked Minister Asselborn for the political support to Kosovo from 1999 as well economic support with more than eighty million Euros.

Furthermore, Foreign Minister Pacolli informed on recent developments in Kosovo and activities on strengthening integration in international community. In this regard, Minister Pacolli asked for support of Luxembourg for membership in international organizations. On visa liberalisation, for Kosovo is very important to ensure free movement of the people with the European Union. As the criteria are fulfilled, Kosovo asks all member countries to support visa free movement.

Minister Asselborn said the support of Luxembourg for Kosovo will continue not just bilaterally but also in integration of Kosovo in the community of nations.

After the meeting, Ministers held a press conference.

Luxembourg will continue to support economic development of Kosovo

In the framework of the official visit in Luxembourg, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli met with Mr. Romain Schneider, Minister for International Cooperation and Development.

During this meeting, Minister Pacolli thanked Minister Schneider for the support of the Luxembourg Government on the economic and social development of Kosovo, praising the fact that Luxembourg has been supportive from the difficult times of the war until today, by contributing over 80 million Euros. "The latest program of 30 million EUR, on health, education and other fields shows that Luxembourg is a real partner," said Minister Pacolli. Minister Pacolli said that Kosovo welcomes investments by companies from Luxembourg as the Government has established good legal framework for investments. This framework will serve to further economic development and decrease unemployment as over 60 percent of the population is under 30 years old.

On the other hand, Minister Romain Schneider praised the relations between the two countries that are characterized by excellent cooperation. He expressed readiness to support Kosovo in further economic development. Luxembourg has provided 30 million Euros for the 2017-2020 program, focusing on education, health, SAA implementation etc.