In Athens, Gervalla urges Greece to recognize Kosovo

Kosovo`s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Donika Gervalla, met Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and discussed bilateral cooperation.

In the meeting in Athens, Gervalla expressed the readiness of the Government of Kosovo to advance relations with Greece which, she said, is an important contributor to peace and security of the region.

"Minister Gervalla also underlined that Kosovo views Greece as a friendly country and partner and values it for its constructiveness about the European agenda and the visa liberalization process for the citizens of Kosovo," a press release issued by Kosovo's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora noted.

The two ministers are reported to have emphasized the importance of advancing economic relations, particularly cooperation in the field of energy. Gervalla said Kosovo is still in the process of reviewing the best option regarding the energy strategy. “We are in contact with our friends about options for the challenging transition in this field. We will continue to be in close contact with
 
Gervalla is further quoted to have said that recognition of Kosovo's independence by all members of the European Union, including Greece, would be a bold move towards regional stability. "Such a step would be historic, and we think it is something that needs to be done," she said.
 
Dendias on his part said that the Western Balkans region should look to the future and not the past. He noted that Europe is the only perspective for the Western Balkans.