JORDAN KING STARTS EUROPEAN TOUR

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Nov 18 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordan King Abdullah II, started a working visit to the Republic of Kosovo, the first leg of his European tour, where he, along with the Kosovar President, Atifete Jahjaga, voiced their keenness to further boost bilateral ties between the two countries and launch productive partnerships in the future.

The two leaders discussed a wide range of regional issues, mainly, the war against terrorism and extremist organisations.

Following the talks, the King said, during a joint press statements with the Kosovar president, “It is a delight for me and my delegation, to be back here in Kosovo to see the changes that this country has undertaken. And I am very proud to be a witness of the achievements that you and your people have done, in such a short period of time.”

King Abdullah added, “It is also a pleasure for me to be in this country that plays such an important role in the stability in this region. And more of us around the world will continue to support Kosovo and its rights for the future of its people and the important role it continues to play.”

In this regard the King stressed, “You can always count on the support of my country in that role.”

“It is also important because this is a country in Europe, with a Muslim majority, at a time when both Europe and Islam are under attack from terrorists,” the King noted.

The King said, “Kosovo reflects the best values of tolerance and coexistence. These are the values we must build on and promote, to counter the barbarism committed in Paris last week.”

King Abdullah stressed that, such outrageous attacks could strike anywhere and at any time, pointing out, “Groups, such as Daesh, expose themselves daily as savage outlaws of religion; devoid of humanity, respecting no laws and no boundaries.”

“As I told Her Excellency, we are facing a third world war against humanity, and this is what brings us all together. This is a war, as I have said repeatedly, within Islam, with over 100,000 Muslims having been murdered by Daesh the past two years. And that does not count for the atrocities that like-minded groups have also done in Africa and Asia,” the King added.

To address this danger – Terrorism – the King stressed, “So, therefore, we must act united, fast and holistically, to tackle and respond to the interconnected threats, whether it is in this region, Africa, Asia or in Europe,” adding, “We look to your country as a key partner in the joint response to extremist threats that face the globe.”

On bilateral ties, King Abdullah said, “We are proud of our relationship, as we have pointed out. And I believe that this is a relationship that we will continue strengthen over the coming years. And we are looking forward, in our continued meetings, to discuss how to bring our two peoples closer together and strengthen the ties between our two very important nations.”

The King clarified, “We have so much in common between our peoples that I look forward to a very bright and promising future between our two nations.”

In turn, the Kosovar president said, “It gives me an immense pleasure to welcome you to the Republic of Kosovo. It is an honour to have you here today and to have this opportunity to thank you, in person and in Kosovo, for the support and the partnership you have extended to Kosovo, in consolidating our statehood, in forging new friendships and in exploring new avenues of bilateral cooperation.”

She added, “Kosovo’s path to peace and independence has been long. We have had a difficult past, but we also have a beautiful and inspiring story of how we came together as a nation to build our own state.”

The president recalled the past by saying, “When we first met several years ago, you shared with me your memories of Kosovo, of a land ravaged by war. Your country dedicated troops to help cement the peace in Kosovo. You believed in our revival and our vision to create an independent state, becoming one of the first countries to recognise Kosovo as a country. We shall always be grateful.”

She stressed, “Today we stand proud as a young nation, rebuilding our society, committed to further our values of freedom and democracy, of peace and tolerance. These are values that we promote and we look to Jordan as an ally in this.”

Commenting on the recent attacks that hit Paris, the president said, “As the President of Kosovo, I am outraged by the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris and saddened by the loss of so many innocent lives. We have all been affected, because this was not an attack on Paris. This was an attack on all of the freedom-loving countries around the world. On values and liberties that are fundamental to humanity and fundamental to the society that I represent.”

Defeating the terrorist networks is a challenge that cannot be met by one nation alone. It is imperative that we dedicate to it the attention and the necessary resources to destroy it. To permanently defeat it,” the president said.

She emphasised, “Kosovo will continue to show this determination at home. We will not be a safe haven or a transit route for these elements, and we will continue to work with our partners and international security organisations to further address this matter.”

The president concluded her statement by saying, “Kosovo is on the right side of history. We will guard these values, in light of the dark forces that want to encroach these hard-won freedoms and liberties.”– NNN-PETRA