Kosovo’s EU, NATO aspiration in focus as president visits Slovenia (background)

Ljubljana – Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu will be in Slovenia on Monday and Tuesday, discussing her country’s expectations about joining the EU and NATO, dialogue between Belgrade and Prishtina, and the situation in the Western Balkans.

The office of Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor said ahead of the visit that Osmani-Sadriu’s visit was a confirmation of good relations between the two countries and a continuation of regular political dialogue.

The presidents are to review bilateral cooperation in a number of fields, said the press release, adding that the visit will be an opportunity for Pahor to be familiarised with the political and economic situation in Kosovo.

The presidents are expected to discuss EU enlargement to the Western Balkans and regional cooperation, paying special attention to the Brdo-Brijuni Process, whose next meeting is coming up on 12 September in Brdo.

Upon her arrival, Osmani-Sadriu will lay a wreath at the monument to victims of war and will honour the Slovenian Armed Forces with a state decoration.

She is also scheduled to meet Defence Minister Marjan Šarec, as well as parliamentary Deputy Speaker Danijel Krivec and National Council President Alojz Kovšca.

Culture Minister Asta Vrečko will host a dinner in her honour in Nova Gorica, after which the pair will watch a rock musical performed by the Kosovo National Theatre.

On Tuesday she will be discussing the Western Balkans at a debate dubbed Western Balkans: Where do We Go from Here? organised by the Centre for European Perspective and the Bled Strategic Forum.

Relations between Slovenia and Kosovo are traditionally good, without open issues. Slovenian troops have been present in Kosovo in the KFOR and EULEX missions, while Slovenia is one of the main economic partners for Kosovo.

Trade between the two countries exceeded EUR 147 million last year, with Slovenia’s export accounting for as much as EUR 136 million.

Slovenia is the fourth biggest foreign investor in Kosovo, its FDI amounting to some EUR 155 million.