Countries & Regions

April 14, 2014
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

On April 14, commencing at 11:15 a.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, who is currently visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Following the meeting, the two leaders signed a Joint Statement (PDF)PDF on Cooperation between Japan and the Republic of Kosovo and held a joint press conference.

1. Opening remarks

Prime Minister Abe welcomed Prime Minister Thaci’s second visit to Japan, and stated that achieving stability and development in Kosovo, the youngest country in this region is key for stability in the Western Balkans region, and Japan regards Western Balkans region, which runs along the sea, as an entranceway to Europe across the sea from the viewpoint of Japan.

2. Bilateral relations

Prime Minister Abe mentioned that the Parliamentary Friendship League of Japan-Kosovo was recently established in Japan, and expressed his hope for the further active exchanges among parliamentary members. Prime Minister Abe also touched upon the fact that Japan has provided Kosovo with 1.4 billion Japanese yen in Official Development Assistance to date, and that Japan intends to continue to support the stabilization of Kosovo’s socioeconomic foundation in accordance with the country’s needs. Prime Minister Thaci responded by expressing his appreciation with regard to Japan’s support for Kosovo to date, and regarding the fact that Japan was one of the first countries to recognize Kosovo following its independence.

3. Global cooperation based on shared values Prime Minister Abe explained that Japan would step up its contributions to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region and the international community as a “Proactive Contributor to Peace,” and received the understanding and support of the Kosovo side in this regard.

4. Support for Kosovo’s accession to the European Union Prime Minister Abe stated that he supported for reform efforts and the future Kosovo’s accession to the European Union with a view to stabilizing the Western Balkans region. He also expressed his support for the implementation of dialogues between Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. In response, Prime Minister Thaci commented that a peace accord with Serbia would establish the spirit of the European Union in the region, and bring about regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

5. Closing remarks

Prime Minister Thaci stated that Kosovo would like to continue to strengthen cooperative relations with Japan and that Kosovo is hoping to receive increased investment from Japan.

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