Kosovo can count on Bulgaria’s support to join UN

Kosovo can count on the support of Bulgaria when it applies to join the United Nations, Kosovo’s foreign minister Enver Hoxhaj was told during a visit to Sofia.

Hoxhaj began a visit to the Bulgarian capital city on December 2, with meetings scheduled with the President, prime minister, foreign minister and deputy speaker of parliament.

“I am here as a friend of Bulgaria, because Kosovo’s citizens are very gratetful to your country for your support right at the establishment of Kosovo,” Hoxhaj said.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, a move rejected by Belgrade.

Kosovo has not yet mustered the minimum number of recognitions as an independent state required for membership of the UN, and the European Union remains “status-neutral” on the country because five EU states do not recognise Kosovo.

Bulgaria was among the first EU states to recognise Kosovo, causing a few weeks of tension in relations between Sofia and Belgrade.

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