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  • 11 October 2018
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Kosovo is accepted as an Associate Member of the International Organization of the Francophonie

Yerevan, 11 October 2018 – The Republic of Kosovo has made another important step within the International Organization of Francophonie, by advancing the status from the observer member into the associated member.

The change of Kosovo’s status was approved by state leaders and heads of government of member states at the summit of the highest level in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

The application for advancing the status of our country by that observer in the associated one was done by the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, through his speech addressed to the Foreign Minister of the member countries at the Conference, which preceded the Summit of Heads of State.

“Kosovo applied for the change of the status of the International Organization of the Francophonie – an application that corresponds to the political willingness, in particular the willingness of the Kosovo citizens to further encourage the Francophone initiatives in the country. I would like to extend my gratitude for the support you have given to our application for the change of the status of the IOF, hoping that this welcoming and cooperation spirit will follow us also during the examination of our application for the change of the status in the Summit of Heads of States,” said the First Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli.

“The status advancement of the Republic of Kosovo from the current observer member into an associate member will be a good news for the country, the institutions, citizens and the overall journey of international integration of the Republic of Kosovo,’ he said.  

The International Organization of Francophone was established in 1970, while it consists of 84 states and governments (out of which 58 member states and 26 with observer status), which together represent one third of the United Nations member states with a population of 900 million people, including 274 million French speakers.

The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Hashim Thaçi and the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, are participating in the Francophonie Summit together with their delegations. 

Kosovo was admitted as an observer member of the IOF in 2014 in the Francophonie Summit in Dakar, whereas since that time, significant progress has taken place. 

The International Organization of Francophonie was established in 1970, while it consists of 84 states and governments (out of which 58 member states and 26 with observer status), which together represent one third of the United Nations member states with a population of 900 million people, including 274 million French speakers.

 

 

 

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