Pristina, 20 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
The idea of the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama for joint embassies between Albania and Kosovo has started to become a reality.
After a bilateral cooperation between Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry and that of Albania, the joint consulate between the two countries has been inaugurated in Munich, Germany.
The consulate has been inaugurated by Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj and his Albanian counterpart, Ditmir Bushati and the Bavarian minister for European Affairs, Beate Merk.
Present in this inauguration was also Rifat Jashari from the Jashari family, which was sacrificed for the freedom of the country in the last war in Kosovo.
In his speech, minister Hoxhaj has thanked Rifat Jashari for his presence by saying that without the sacrifice of the Jashari family, nothing would be possible, neither the state of Kosovo, nor the Joint Consulate.
“We wouldn’t be here today without the role and contribution of Rifat and Jashari family. This is the best evidence of the long path that Albanians have done to make Kosovo an independent state. We will also open other joint consulates, but Rifat’s presence here today offers another meaning to this consulate”, Hoxhaj said.
Minister Bushati has thanked minister Hoxhaj for the possibility that has been given to Albania to be represented with consular services.
On her part, the Bavarian Minister for European Affairs, Merk has thanked the participants and said that she’s happy that a joint consulate of Kosovo and Albania is being opened in Bavaria, in order to promote cooperation in many domains between the two countries and Bavaria.
Meanwhile, other consulates have been planned to be opened in Denmark and in Turkey, while two joint consulates have been previously opened in Milan and Bari. /balkaneu.com/