The upgrade of the Kosovo delegation in Athens was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, during his visit today, in Pristina.
In joint statements with his counterpart and Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Donika Gervala-Schwartz, Mr. Dendias specifically said that "Kosovo Trade and Economic Affairs Office" has been operating in Athens since 2019, (…) but we proceeded to strengthen cooperation and to facilitate the operation of this Office, which was upgraded to a "Kosovo Interest Office in Athens". And we hope that this will allow the Office to expand its contacts in Greece. "
In practice, this means that the Kosovo delegation in Athens will now be able to discuss political issues at the level of Foreign Ministry directorates. According to information, the delegation, however, will not have contacts with the ministry hierarchy.
The talks between the two ministers also focused on the prospect of continuing the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue.
"I take this opportunity, of my presence here today, to call, once again, on all parties involved to step up their efforts in order to find a legally binding and sustainable solution. "Such a solution will succeed in stabilizing the entire region, as well as bringing it closer to the European family," said Mr. Dendias.
Mr. Dendias, accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Costas Frangogiannis, met with the entire political and state leadership, President Vyosa Osmani, Prime Minister Albin Kurti, and Parliament Speaker Glauk Konjuftsa. The contacts focused on the European perspective of the Western Balkans, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and economic co-operation, mainly in the energy sector. The minister also had a meeting with Greek employees of international organizations serving in Pristina.