Abdullah Hoti, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, expressed his deep gratitude and thanks to the United Arab Emirates for its continuous support to the people of Kosovo, and said that the UAE was the first Arab country to participate in peacekeeping operations in Kosovo under the guidance of the founding leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul. , Stressing that his country will never forget those who stood by it.
In an exclusive interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM) from the capital, Pristina, Abdullah Hooti expressed his desire to strengthen bilateral relations with the UAE at all levels, especially economic ones, and said: “We expect the UAE to open an embassy in Pristina.”
He expressed his hope to organize a joint economic forum between the two countries, in addition to supporting investments and encouraging airlines to operate direct flights from the UAE to Pristina.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo recalled the visit of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, Chair of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation for a refugee camp in Albania during the war between Kosovo and Serbia in the late 1990s, and the visit coincided with the birth of a child whose family decided to name “Fatima” is her, in honor of “the mother of the Emirates”, and an expression of great gratitude for the support of the UAE to his country.
He stressed that his country has promising opportunities in the fields of agriculture, tourism, banking, mining, energy, technology, education, health and hospitality, and said: “We can cooperate together as partners to reach other markets, so our aspiration for cooperation with the UAE stems from it being a trade center and the second largest economy. Among the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council ».
The Prime Minister of Kosovo – who previously held the position of Minister of Finance between 2014 and 2017 – expressed his hope to expand cooperation with the UAE and exchange experiences between the public and private sectors, which would enhance investment and trade relations between the two countries, which have an important strategic location.
Concerning relations between Kosovo and Serbia, Hoti – who recently signed a historic peace agreement with Serbia – indicated that the time has come for some good news regarding peace.
Regarding his country’s signing of an agreement to normalize economic relations with Serbia on September 4 at the White House in the presence of US President Donald Trump, Hottie stressed that Kosovo is a parliamentary democracy that believes that all religions should be subject to the protection of the constitution and laws, the majority of the people embrace Islam and enjoy very good relations with Israel.
The Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Fuchteri near the capital Pristina was the first hospital to be built after the war in Kosovo, which took place between 1998 and 1999 with Serbia, while Kosovo opened its embassy in Abu Dhabi in 2018 and its first ambassador began to exercise his duties in April 2019.
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