Podgorica, Montenegro (16 January 2015) — Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović hosted earlier today Kosovar Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci.
“The visit is another confirmation of a continuous and effective dialogue established between the two countries”, Prime Minister Đukanović said, stressing that Kosovo is Montenegro’s reliable neighbour. He noted that continued cooperation at political and economic levels through European and Euro-Atlantic integration process is the road towards strengthening mutual trust and trust of the international community.
PM Đukanović emphasised the importance of economic cooperation between Montenegro and Kosovo through boosting infrastructure, construction of roads and railways and establishment of air traffic.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci voiced his gratitude for the warm welcome and congratulated Montenegro on its achievements, especially concerning its economic integration and progress and successfully resolved issues of restoring independence.
He also welcomed Montenegro’s continued support for Kosovo’s development path, adding the good relations established between the two countries have good prospects when it comes to economic cooperation and infrastructural linking.
Foreign Minister Thaci also reiterated Kosovo’s strong political will to define position of the Montenegrin minority in the highest legal acts through constitutional reform in 2015.
Both sides underscored the good pace of resolving issues of border demarcation and the fact that the return of displaced persons from Kosovo has been encouraged.
Montenegrin Prime Minister in particular welcomed the efforts being made towards normalisation and development of relations between Belgrade and Priština, thus contributing to the strengthening of regional stability.
It was agreed that future of the region lies in its integration, good-neighbourly cooperation and continued dialogue aimed at resolving all outstanding issues. Mutual support in overcoming centuries-long divisions and backwardness of the region will enable its full integration into European space and the international community, the meeting between Prime Minister Milo Đukanović and Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci concluded.
Source: Government of Montenegro