icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
1 Nov, 2008 06:12

Serbia expels Malaysian Ambassador due to Kosovo recognition

Serbia expels Malaysian Ambassador due to Kosovo recognition

Malaysia has become the first Islamic country in the world to recognise Kosovo’s independence. The move has infuriated Serbia and its Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that the Malaysian Ambassador, Saw Ching Hong, has 48 hours to leave the country.

A notification letter was sent by the head of Malaysia's liaison office in Pristina, Mustafa Mansor, to Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim has said that his country has recognised the sovereignty of Kosovo “to support this former Serbian province’s yearning for freedom.”

Now Malaysia is to establish diplomatic ties with Kosovo and to exchange ambassadors.

Kosovo’s independence, declared on February 17, 2008, in Pristina, is now recognised by 52 UN states, including the U.S. and the majority of EU countries.

Earlier this month Serbia similarly expelled Macedonia’s and Montenegro’s ambassadors.