President Thaçi meets NATO head, calls for Kosovo to become part of the Alliance

Brussels, June 8th, 2016 – President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, on the first day of his visit to Brussels, had a meeting with NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg.

Parties discussed the possibility of initiating a political dialogue between Kosovo and NATO, and the cooperation of the Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) with the North Atlantic Alliance.
 
Both leaders confirmed their interest in further development of relations between NATO and Kosovo.
 
President Thaçi said that KSF is ready to take part in the maneuvers, but also to contribute to NATO’s peacekeeping missions, especially areas that fall within KSF’s well-established expertise and experience.
 
NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg and President Thaçi also discussed Kosovo’s commitment to security challenges – radicalism and terrorism. On this occasion, President Thaçi stressed that Kosovo remains determined to fight any form of extremism and radicalism, with no compromise.
 
Secretary-General Stoltenberg said that KFOR will continue its mission for a safe environment in Kosovo and it will guarantee freedom of movement for as long as necessary.
 
He added that any cuts in the number of NATO forces in Kosovo will depend on improved conditions on the ground.
 
President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi concluded that Kosovo is committed to become a member of NATO.
 
Meanwhile, parties also spoke on the establishment of the Kosovo Armed Forces.
 
On the occasion of President Thaçi’s visit to NATO headquarters, the hosts organized an informative session about the history of the North Atlantic Alliance.