Balkans: Di Maio visiting region today and tomorrow

Foreign minister in Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo

10 February, 11:26

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, FEBRUARY 10 - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will visit the Balkans on Monday and Tuesday, stopping in Serbia, North Macedonia, and Kosovo.

    Di Maio will visit Serbia on Monday afternoon and meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, followed by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.

    He will then meet with his Serbian counterpart, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, and the two will hold a joint press conference following the meeting.

    The focus of the meetings will be the state of bilateral relations - Italy is one of Serbia's main trade partners and one of the its biggest investors - as well as the prospects for European integration for the Balkan country.

    Meetings will also touch on the thorny question of Kosovo, with efforts to facilitate resuming dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which have been halted for more than a year, as well as the general situation in the region, especially in view of the EU-Western Balkans conference planned for May in Zagreb.

    Croatia, which has been a member of the EU since 2013, is currently holding its first ever rotating EU presidency, until the end of June.

    In Belgrade, Di Maio also has a meeting planned with the Italian community at the Italian embassy.

    On Monday evening, Dacic will hold a dinner in Di Maio's honour.

    On Tuesday, Di Maio will travel to Skopje, where he will be received by the president of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski.

    He will then meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, and Parliament President Talat Xhaferi. Separate meetings are also scheduled with the main majority and opposition political leaders.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Di Maio will travel to Kosovo, where he will meet with incoming Prime Minister Albin Kurti, Foreign Minister Glauk Konjufca and Parliament President Vjosa Osmani. He will conclude his tour by meeting with Italian soldiers of KFOR, the NATO mission in Kosovo.(ANSAmed).

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