“A spokesman for the Iowa National Guard says Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has canceled a planned visit to the U.S. state this week because “he was unable to get a visa.”

The spokesman, Colonel Greg Hapgood, told RFE/RL on January 8 that the National Guard’s commanding officer, Major General Tim Orr, had invited Haradinaj to an event on January 11.

‘It is incredibly unfortunate that he was unable to get a visa to come and join us for that,’ Hapgood said.

‘The explanation was that it’s just not going to happen in this time frame, and we did not get a lot of additional information,’ he added.

The spokesman also said that the event will be attended by Kosovar Deputy Prime Minister Behgjet Pacolli.

An official at Haradinaj’s office could not confirm that he had canceled his trip. ‘We have no confirmation if the visa was rejected.’ Halil Matoshi told RFE/RL.” (RFERL)