Tonga recognises Kosovo state, authorities claim

Kosovo's authorities said last week the Tongan government has recognised and established diplomatic relation with their government.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci has confirmed the recognision by the government of Tonga on Friday 17 reported

“I just learned that Tonga, a state in the Ocean Pacific has recognized the Independence of the Republic of Kosovo. This is the 105th recognition of the state of Kosovo”, the website quoted Thaci as saying

 “The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, has received a verbal note for recognizing Kosovo sent by the Kingdom of Tonga," reported Kosova Press.

"I am honoured to announce you that the government of his Majesty on 15 January 2014, has decided to formally recognise Kosovo as an independent country and the government of Tonga to establish relations with Kosovo states the letter sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the website says.

The claim by the Kosovo's authorities has yet to be confirmed by the Tongan government.

Tonga's Prime Minister's office could not be reached for comment.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008 but the reaction by the international authorities has been mixed and UN member countries continue to be divided on the issue.

Tonga was said to be the first country to recognise Kosovo in 2014 bringing the number of its diplomatic recognisions to 105. 

The government of Serbia still refuses to recognise Kosovo as a sovereign state.

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