“Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaci, said Thursday that were his country to have an embassy in Israel, he would put it in Jerusalem. ‘If Kosovo were recognized by Israel, I would open the Kosovo Embassy in Jerusalem,’ Thaci explained during an interview with Vizion Plus in Albania.

A former paramilitary leader, Thaci has been president of Kosovo since 2016. Before that, he had been prime minister, having unilaterally declared the country’s independence from Serbia in 2008. The small Balkan country was at the center of tension between ethnic Albanians and Serbs in the 1990s after the collapse of Yugoslavia, culminating in the Kosovo War in 1998 and 1999, which saw Kosovo Albanians supported by NATO allies.” (WaPo)

“Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has announced that during his stay in the United States, he will hold meetings with world representatives to push Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic agenda, bilateral co-operation, recognition and membership in international organizations.

‘Together with First Deputy Prime Minister Behgjet Pacolli, we are working on finalizing our agenda for the United Nations General Assembly Annual Session in New York. In the coming days we will hold many meetings with world representatives to push forward the Euro-Atlantic agenda of the Republic of Kosovo, bilateral cooperation, recognition and membership in international organizations,’ Thaci writes on Facebook.” (translated from RTK)

“TL: Mr. Ambassador, thank you for talking toKoSSev.

AMB: It’s great to be here Tatjana. Thank you.

TL: When, just a month after arriving in Kosovo a couple of years ago, you carried out an interview with KoSSev, you praised both the decisions of the Kosovo government and the Assembly – back at that time – to form a Special Court.  You underlined the importance of the then signed Brussels agreements as well.  Now, by the end of September you will be leaving Kosovo. From this time distance, how would you comment about these issues, with special regard that these two topics, both the Brussels agreement—the Dialogue, and the Special Court de facto, have disappeared from the focus of public?

AMB: I wouldn’t really agree the Dialogue has disappeared from the focus of the public, there is a lot of discussion about the Dialogue. It’s not entirely fruitful discussion, but there’s certainly a lot churn in the public about that. I still think it’s very important for Kosovo and Serbia to find some kind of modus vivendi, to get to this normalization that we’ve all been talking about.  I think the conversations that have happened between President Thaci and President Vucic are very important.” (Full interview at US Embassy)