UNMIK headquarters, Pristina.
Saudi Arabia’s newly-accredited ambassador in Pristina, Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, says that his country will engage other Muslim countries to recognise Kosovo as independent.
Al-Abdulkarim made the statement on December 22 2009, after presenting his credentials to Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu and meeting prime minister Hashim Thaci and foreign minister Skender Hyseni, local media reports said.
This is the third country to which Al-Abdulkarim is accredited. He is also Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Albania and to Macedonia.
His country hoped that there would be further recognitions of Kosovo in future, and his government would do its utmost to encourage bilateral relations, Al-Abdulkarim said.
Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, a move rejected as illegal by Belgrade, which has challenged it in the International Court of Justice. An opinion by the court, legally not binding, is expected to be issued in 2010.
Sixty-four UN member states, and all but five of the 27 European Union member states have recognised Kosovo as independent.