News Center -TDO- Kosovo's Ambassador to Turkey Ilir Dugolli and his spouse Ardita Statovci - Dugolli hosted a reception at the Ankara Sheraton Hotel on the 12th anniversary of the Republic of Kosovo's Independence.
Deputy Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services Adnan Ertem, Minister of trade Ruhsar Pekcan, Chief of General Staff General Yaşar Güler, Commander of Land Forces General Ümit Dündar, Deputy Foreign Minister and Minister of European Union Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, representatives of several diplomatic missions and many other guests attended to the reception.
The reception began with the recitation of the national anthems of the two countries.
Ambassador Ilir made the opening remark and stated: "We are celebrating both the 12th birthday of our country and the 12th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Kosovo and Turkey. We are grateful to the Turkish people and the Republic of Turkey, who are with us as a trusted partner and friend, just as it is an honor to serve as an ambassador here representing my country."
Ambassador Dugolli said the two countries’ heads of state conduct relations at an excellent level and expressed satisfaction with the intensification the contacts at other levels as well following establishment of the new Government and Parliament of Kosovo.
Ambassador Dugolli said that the entry into force of the free trade agreement last year could provide a new impetus for a more balanced trade and investments, adding that the opportunities are numerous and they will do their best to seize them."
In his speech, Minister Pekcan congratulated the national day of the people of brother Kosovo.
Noting the importance of the two countries 'shared history and deep friendship, Pekcan said that the Turks in Kosovo and the Kosovars in Turkey have a bond that strengthens the two countries' relations.
Recalling the Turkey-Kosovo Free Trade Agreement signed last year, Pekcan stressed that the volume of bilateral trade would be increased.
"The head of the Turkish co-operation and co-ordination agency, the Yunus Emre Institute and the Turkish Maarif Foundation are doing excellent work in Kosovo, contributing both to Kosovo's economy and culture and to our relations.”