Kosovo PM Thaci wants active Turkish role in Balkans

Thaci asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call on countries to recognize Kosovo, said his country was facing attacks of Belgrade..

Kosovo PM Thaci wants active Turkish role in Balkans


Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said on Friday that he expected an active role from Turkey in the Balkans for the stability of the region.

"Positive relations between Ankara and Belgrade will contribute to the stability of the region," Thaci said speaking to Turkish journalists.

Thaci said 69 countries recognized Kosovo after it has become a member of the World Bank and IMF, and indicated that his country was built on new democratic standards.

Thaci said Kosovo was also the motherland of the Turks, Albanians, Serbians and Bosnians living in this country and added that they targeted integration with the institutions of European and Atlantic countries.

Thaci said relations with Turkey were very important for Kosovo, and thanked to Turkish people and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over their support.
Kosovo's prime minister said Turkey and Kosovo cooperated in diplomacy, economy, education, health and defense.

Thaci invited Turkish businessmen to invest in Kosovo in areas of infrastructure, airport and energy.

"We build good neighborhood relations to be member of EU and NATO," he said. European Union (EU) membership was important for liberalization of trade, Thaci said.

Thaci said visa exemption initiatives continued, and Kosovo had established good relations with regional countries.

Serbia would understand both its and Kosovo's integration to the EU had vital importance for the two countries and the region, Thaci said.

"GOOD RELATIONS WITH SERBIA"

The Kosovan prime minister also said on Friday that his country wanted to establish good relations with Serbia, however, his country was facing attacks of Belgrade.

Kosovo was saying "yes" to every policy that would bring peace and stability to the region, Kosovo's Premier Hashim Thaci said told Turkish reporters at a working breakfast in Istanbul.

The Kosovan prime minister said Kosovo had become members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, and would become a member of the European Investment and Development Bank soon.

As a result, new countries would recognize Kosovo's independence, Thaci said.
More than 60 countries have recognized Kosovo's independence.

Thaci said Kosovo wanted to have good relations with Russia and hoped Russia would recognize Kosovo soon.

The Kosovan premier defined Turkey as a key and strategic country for cooperation.
Thaci said Kosovo was working on using Turkish on ID cards and passports, and open a consulate general in Istanbul and the western city of Izmir.

Kosovo's vision is to be a part of the EU and NATO, Thaci said.

Thaci also asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call on countries to recognize Kosovo.

The Kosovan prime minister arrived in Turkey on Wednesday.

Thaci's visit to Turkey is the first state visit at prime ministerial level after Kosovo declared independence in February 2008.

Thaci had a meeting with Erdogan, Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday.

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