Athens Mayor Bakoyannis visits Kosovo

Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis

The Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, paid an official visit to the Kosovo capital of Pristina at the invitation of Mayor Shpend Ahmeti.

During their meeting, the two men exchanged views on the problems facing modern cities and agreed to work more closely by exchanging good practices and successful actions.

The Mayor of Athens transferred to his counterpart, the experience and know-how that Athens has acquired.

Bakoyannis had the opportunity to visit a number of institutions and organisations that aim to support innovation, entrepreneurship and vulnerable citizens.

On Friday morning, the Mayor of Athens was received by the so-called Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, with whom he discussed city diplomacy, pandemic management and future challenges, as well as the European perspective of the Western Balkans.

Bakoyannis showed special interest in the Orthodox Church of Agios Nikolaos, while he also chose to visit NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR) camp, where the Greek Force of Kosovo is based.

The visit of the Mayor of Athens ended with his meeting with the Bishop of Raška-Prizren, Teodosije Šibalić, at the historic Gračanica Monastery.

Regarding his visit and meetings in the Kosovo capital, Bakoyannis said:

"This was an opportunity to transfer know-how and good practices from Athens to a rapidly growing city, to deepen our cooperation in all areas, but also to confirm the historic leadership of Athens in our wider neighborhood.

"It was my honor to meet and thank our people who serve in the Greek Force in Kosovo. Unforgettable is the visit to the Byzantine monastery of Gračanica and the discussion with the Bishop of Raška-Prizren, Teodosije Šibalić."