ABU DHABI -- Enver Hoxhaj, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, during a visit to Hedayah, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, CVE, on Wednesday, 7th September, discussed issues that included the threat of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, FTFs, the rehabilitation and reintegration of returnees, and national strategies, among other related issues.

Hoxhaj and his delegation, along with Rexhep Boja, Kosovan Non-Resident Ambassador to the UAE, and Ibrahim Salem Humaid Alalawi, Charge d'Affaires for the UAE Embassy in Montenegro covering Kosovo, visited Hedayah.

Ivo Veenkamp, Deputy Executive Director of Hedayah, and key staff members welcomed the visitors. Hoxhaj was briefed on Hedayah's mission, goals, programmes and achievements, which included initiatives and activities of its three main departments, Dialogue and Communications, Capacity Building Programmes, and Research and Analysis.

Hoxhaj commended the leading role of Hedayah in contributing effectively to the international community's prevention of violent extremism, which poses a threat to local communities. Ways to enhance collaboration were also discussed.

The discussions explored the possibility of the participation of Kosovo's CVE experts in the upcoming International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference, hosted annually by Hedayah, from 6th to 8th December, 2016. The conference will provide a platform for researchers to share the most current and up-to-date research and analysis in CVE from all over the world.

Expressing his appreciation at Hoxhaj's visit, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Hedayah's Steering Board, said it reflected the Kosovan government's keenness in exploring future collaboration between the centre and related authorities and institutions in the Republic of Kosovo.

Source: Emirates News Agency