President Hashim Thaçi of the Republic of Kosovo Visits Ban Ki-moon Centre

President Hashim Thaçi, First-Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Behgjet Pacolli, and Ambassador Sami Ukelli of the Republic of Kosovo visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens for a meeting with Dr. Heinz Fischer, the former Austrian President and the co-chairman of the Centre. Ardian Arifaj and Blerim Shala, the two advisors to the President, and Faruk Ajeti, the Secondary Secretary to the Ambassador, were also present at the meeting.

President Thaçi and Fischer discussed the current situation in Kosovo and the Balkan region and the way forward. While in Vienna President Thaçi also met with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel to discuss the expansion of the economic cooperation between the two states in political, economic, educational, and cultural fields. The final stage of the dialogue on normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, process facilitated by the EU was also covered at the official meetings.

Source: http://www.president-ksgov.net/en/news/president-thaci-departs-for-an-official-visit-to-austria-received-by-chancellor-sebastian-kurz

Ban Ki-moon Meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing

Ban Ki-moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing, China. The two leaders discussed how China can best apply its political leadership power in making Asia an important platform for promoting harmonious coexistence of the people around the world.

As host country of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) of which Ban is the Chairman, China promised to support the BFA to amplify its influence. Xi said that

    1. “the mission and purpose of the forum is to promote economic integration in Asia, boost exchanges and cooperation between regional countries and the world, to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results.”

Ban emphasized on the importance of promoting Asia’s openness and innovation to obtain strength and to solve global issues through unification of Asian countries.

During his official visit to Beijing, Ban also appreciated Xi’s support for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in making strategic decisions.

  1. “China has been playing a very important role,” Ban said, “I hope for and I urged him to continue to render his strong political leadership so that North Korea will be bound by all these agreements which will come out from the US-North Korean Summit and also the sincere implementation of Panmunjom declaration.”

Source: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1102482.shtml
Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/16/ban-ki-moon-iran-deal-pullout-sends-bad-message-to-north-korea.html

Photo: Boao Forum for Asia