Turkish PM backs Kosovo's European aspirations

Erdogan stresses dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia will have a lasting impact on establishing peace and security in the region.

Turkish PM backs Kosovo's European aspirations

World Bulletin/News Desk

Kosovo will progress firmly to be a part of Europe and the European Atlantic organization, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday during the opening of a new airport terminal in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.

Turkish PM expressed his belief that Kosovars will keep their historical relationship with Turkey even after becoming a member of the European Union and NATO. He voiced his happiness that Kosovo is recognized as a country by 105 states thus far and has become a member of regional and international organizations such as the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative, IMF and World Bank.

Erdogan noted Turkey was among the first countries to recognize Kosovo’s independence and has continued supporting the country’s development.

Erdogan also stressed that a dialogue process between Kosovo and Serbia will have a lasting impact on the way to establishing peace and security in the region. Expressing that Turkey attaches great importance to stability and peace in the region, Erdogan added, “Under the leadership of responsible and resilient leaders, Balkan countries will become a land of peace, friendship and brotherhood, not only for Europe but for the world in general.”

Erdogan said Kosovo now has the most modern and beautiful airport, built by a Turkish company with a 5 million passenger capacity.

Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and Albanian PM Edi Rama also attended the opening of the airport named after Adem Jashari, one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army which fought for the separation of Kosovo from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the 1990s.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.

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