Kuwaiti lawmaker calls for formal recognition of Kosovo

May 29, 2010

A Kuwaiti MP has called upon Kuwait to recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

“We urge our government not to wait any longer and recognize diplomatically the state of Kosovo,” Mohammad Al Hayef said. “Most Gulf Cooperation Council member countries have already recognized Kosovo and Kuwait too should do it. Such a move is necessitated by the right of faith brotherhood and the sense of Islamic identity,” he said.

Kosovo declared its independence on February 17, 2008.

The UAE on October 14, 2008, became the first Arab country to recognize the state, followed by Saudi Arabia on April 20, 2009, Bahrain on May 19, 2009 and Jordan on July 8, 2009.

Other Arab countries that recognized Kosovo are Mauritania (January 12, 2010), Djibouti (May 12, 2010). Somalia on May 19 became the 69th country to recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

The United States, Canada, Australia and 22 out of 27 European Union states recognise Kosovo as independent.

Serbia, backed mainly by Russia and China, rejects Kosovo’s independence and has challenged it in the International Court of Justice in The Hague. According to media reports, the court will issue its nonbinding ruling on the legality of Kosovo’s independence by the end of July.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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