After years of violent conflict, which resulted in the loss of numerous innocent lives and the displacement of many people, there is hope for Somalia: reconciliation among Somalis, stability and security, economic growth and prosperity without corruption, and equitable representation, are amongst the goals for Somali citizens. The international community has continuously supported Somalia and this was highlighted during a two-day high-level conference, the Somalia Partnership Forum, which took place on 16 and 17 July 2018 in Brussels.
Today, the Commission has confirmed that Kosovo has met the 2 outstanding visa liberalisation requirements on the ratification of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and a strengthened track record in the fight against crime and corruption, thus fulfilling all benchmarks set out in the Visa Liberalisation Roadmap.
The European Union continues to build inter-community trust to promote peace, stability and development in Kosovo, expanding to the second phase its project which supports inclusive cultural heritage preservation.
Dear President [of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed], Margot [Wallstrom, Foreign Minister of Sweden], dear friends, It is a pleasure for me to see so many of us gathered today with commitment to a peaceful and stronger Somalia.
I would first of all convey our appreciation and our thanks to all of you and your delegation for your presence and for your being here, first of all to the President [Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed].