Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj was at a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday. Haradinaj’s cabinet announced that the Prime Minister asked Vatican to recognise Kosovo’s independence, Gazeta Express writes.
During the meeting Haradinaj informed Pope Francis on political developments in Kosovo, European path of the country, emphasising that Kosovo is an example of coexistence of people and known for its religious tolerance. According to Prime Minister’s press service, Haradinaj valued the reception by Pope Francis, saying that Kosovo and its citizens are forever thankful to Vatican for the support they gave over the last decades, and also expressed the commitment of the state of Kosovo for a strategic partnership with Vatican. “My visit to Vatican and the private audience with Pope Francis is an honour for me and the people of Kosovo. I used this opportunity to extend best wishes and greetings of the people of Kosovo for the Holy See and our wish for establishing permanent and strategic relations with Vatican,” Haradinaj said.
Haradinaj also handed over to Pope Francis a gift from the people of Kosovo a letter-request, for recognition of Kosovo. PM Haradinaj is in a two-day visit in Vatican as part of his activities to establish strategic cooperation and recognition of Kosovo by Vatican, his office announced.