Scholz and Kurti Met in Pristina

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Friday (10.06) in Pristina that countries refusing to recognize each other have no place in the European Union (EU) and that Kosovo’s path to the EU is linked with its dialogue with Serbia.

It is important for Kosovo to move the EU-facilitated dialogue forward, Scholz told a news conference following his meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

Scholz is currently on a Balkans trip and is also scheduled to visit Serbia, Greece, North Macedonia and Bulgaria.

Kosovo and Serbia should arrive at political solutions by means of a comprehensive agreement. A dialogue is the path that paves the way for Kosovo’s European prospects. A political agreement between the two countries is an important prerequisite to the future of Kosovo’s youth. The agreement should, in the end, also solve the Kosovo issue because it is inconceivable for two countries that do not recognize each other to become part of the EU. Rapprochement is expected from both sides, Scholz is reported to have said.

The German Chancellor said that Kosovo is a reliable partner which was proved by its response to the Russian aggression on Ukraine and that his visit to Kosovo, which marks the beginning of his Balkans tour, speaks of the close Berlin-Pristina relations.

Announcing that Kosovo will apply for EU membership candidate status this year, Kurti said he asked Scholz for support in the process. The Kosovo PM thanked Scholz for Germany’s continued support, adding that Kosovo will continue to be its loyal ally.

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