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Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Donika Gervalla to the Kingdom of Belgium

Brussels - The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Donika Gërvalla, has officially visited the Kingdom of Belgium today.
She was received by her counterpart, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade, and the Federal Institutions of Culture, Mrs. Sophie Wilmès, as well as by other officials in senior state institutions in Belgium.
In these meetings it was discussed about the deepening and advancement of a bilateral body in all types, current political developments, the COVID-19 pandemic situation, visa liberalization for the citizens of our country, as well as the European perspective of the Republic of Kosovo and its of integration into the European Union.
Following the bilateral meetings with senior state officials of Belgium, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Donika Gërvalla, held separate meetings in Brussels with Mr. Sammy Mahdi, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives Mrs. Els Van Hoof.
During the meeting with Secretary Mahdi, they talked in detail about important topics such as the diaspora and the Kosovo diaspora in Belgium, the visa liberalization process for Kosovo, as well as the issue of repatriation.
During the meeting with Mrs. Els Van Hoof, chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Gërvalla reiterated Kosovo's commitment to integrate into the EU as well as into all organizations and alliances of democratic countries.
Together they discussed the current developments in Kosovo and the region, as well as the priorities of the new government of Kosovo, for which Gërvalla underlined that strengthening the rule of law is the key word of local institutions.
Also in this meeting, the Minister used the opportunity to seek support for the issue of visa liberalization in order to conclude this process as soon as possible.
They then exchanged views and experiences on regional developments, the pro-European definition of Kosovo and the increase of joint efforts to avoid the dangers posed to the region by other non-progressive and undemocratic influences.