Estonia Enters into Diplomatic Relations with Republic of Kosovo

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramë Manaj initiated diplomatic relations between the two nations in Tallinn on Thursday, 24 April.

Following the signing of the diplomatic relations communiqué, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that the best plan for Kosovo is the status settlement and time schedule proposed by UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General Martti Ahtisaari. The Estonian foreign minister feels that initiating diplomatic relations was the logical step to take after Estonia recognised Kosovo’s independence.

Kosovar Deputy Prime Minister Manaj thanked Estonia in the name of the people of Kosovo for recognising the independence of Kosovo, and expressed his gratitude for the help that Estonia has given to Kosovo since 1999.

According to Foreign Minister Paet, Estonia hopes for rapid normalisation of the situation in Kosovo, as well as in relations between Kosovo and Serbia and the continuation of co-operation with the EU. Manaj affirmed that Kosovars hold pro-European values and the nation is firmly on the course of integration into the EU.

Kosovo declared its independence on 17 February, and Estonia recognized it on 21 February.

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