The British Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, Stuart Peach, who is on an official visit to Kosovo, met in separate meetings with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani.
This is Stuart Peach’s first official visit to Kosovo as an envoy to the Western Balkans, since British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took office.
After the meeting with the British special envoy for the Western Balkans, Stuart Peach, the President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, said that Great Britain remains among the main allies of Kosovo.
“It is my pleasure to meet Mr. Stuart Peach, the United Kingdom’s Special Envoy for the Western Balkans. The United Kingdom is among our key allies, playing a key role in the process of liberation, independence and state-building in Kosovo. So, the greater the role of this country in the important processes of our region, the greater and more useful the results will be for our citizens, “Osmani wrote on Facebook.
Prime Minister Kurti thanked Peach for “the help and support of the United Kingdom before, during and after the war in Kosovo and the declaration of independence”.
Kurti said that the dialogue with Serbia should be principled and that the territorial integrity, sovereignty, functioning of the state, constitutionality and legality remain intact.
“The Government of the Republic of Kosovo is engaged in the process of dialogue in Brussels. The dialogue must be principled and respect the equality of parties where the end users are citizens, not politicians. Great Britain is a necessary partner of Kosovo for development and security,” Kurti said.
He emphasized his commitment to maintaining and developing relations with the United Kingdom, emphasizing the diaspora, as a bridge for deepening cooperation in the field of investment, as well as cultural and human cooperation.
“Kosovo’s future is in NATO and the European Union, and the role of the United Kingdom in accelerating Kosovo’s integration into NATO is central. The next and necessary step is Kosovo’s membership in the NATO program,” Kurti said.
According to the statement, the Prime Minister of Kosovo informed Peach about the initiated reforms, emphasizing the commitment of the Government of Kosovo for economic development, judicial reform and good governance.
Envoy Peach praised relations between Kosovo and the United Kingdom and expressed readiness to deepen co-operation, especially in the area of rule of law and security.
As it was pointed out in the announcement, the envoy Peach expressed his readiness to help in the dialogue process.
His visit to Belgrade followed shortly after the visit of EU and US special envoys Miroslav Lajcak and Gabriel Escobar.
On December 2, 2021, the United Kingdom appointed Stuart Peach as Special Envoy for the Western Balkans.
Before Pristina, Peach visited Belgrade, where he met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Director of the Office for Kosovo Petro Petkovic. The topic of conversation was the general situation in the region, but also the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.