Croatian PM pledges to help with Kosovo’s EU and visa goals

Croatia will help Kosovo with visa liberalisation, said Prime minister Andrej Plenković who met with his counterpart Albin Kurti in Pristina. [EPA-EFE / VALDRIN XHEMAJ]

Croatia will help Kosovo with visa liberalisation, said Prime minister Andrej Plenković who met with his counterpart Albin Kurti in Pristina on Monday.

Following a meeting between the two, Plenković said they would help Kosovo on the path to European integration and visa liberalisation. Currently, Kosovo is not a candidate country and, despite promises, does not enjoy visa liberalisation for its citizens.

“We are working to help Kosovo on the European path; we will also help with visa liberalisation. You already know that Croatia is the youngest member of the EU and will help you with reforms. Croatia will support the dialogue for stability in the region,” he said.

We are interested in having good relations with Kosovo and improving ties with Serbia, Plenkovic added at the press conference.

“Today’s visit confirms the closeness and good relations between our two countries as well have a common past. We are grateful for the excellent cooperation and the continuous support that Croatia gives Kosovo,” said Kurti.

Croatia’s support of Kosovo EU accession and visa liberalisation is unlikely to sit well with Belgrade who does not recognise Kosovo’s independence.

(Alice Taylor | Exit.al/en)

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