Turkey will support Kosovo in its journey towards integration into North-Atlantic community

The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Dr. Fatmir Sejdiu, received today the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Köksal Toptan.

President Sejdiu acknowledged the support that Mr. Toptan, President and Prime Minister of Turkey have provided to Kosovo and thanked him for Turkey’s investment in Kosovo’s economy, politics and stability.

“Turkey has also strongly supported us during our struggles for survival and independence and while it was a part of NATO alliance that fought for the freedom of Kosovo. It was one of the first countries to recognise the Republic of Kosovo and to establish diplomatic relations with our country. Besides, there are many Turkish businesses and citizens that have invested in Kosovo” – President Sejdiu said.

Considering that relations between Kosovo and Turkey are unique, President Sejdiu praised the contribution of Turkish citizens with Kosovan origin living in Turkey and Turkish citizens living in Kosovo.

On the other hand, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Köksal Toptan, said that he has come to Kosovo to affirm that the brotherly relations between the two countries build on their mutual culture and history.

“Turkey will continue to provide its contribution in preserving the stability and territorial integrity of Kosovo, as it has done so far. Nowadays, when democracy represents a modern value, nobody has the right to reverse it and bring about a suffering like the one experienced before” – Mr. Toptan said.

He promised that Turkey will continue to support Kosovo’s efforts in ensuring peace and stability in the country. In this context, he referred to Turkey’s support to Kosovo in its journey towards integration into North-Atlantic alliance and in ensuring new recognitions.

In terms of Turkey’s foreign policy, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Köksal Toptan, said that support to Kosovo’s independence, economy, health and education is one of the major priorities.

He announced that the Turkish soldiers, police officers and experts will remain in Kosovo for as long as Kosovo wishes.