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Republic of Maldives recognized the Republic of Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives forwarded a letter from H.E. Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives to H.E. Mr. Skender Hyseni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, stating the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state.

19 February 2009

The following is the original content of the letter:

“ Dear Foreign Minister,

Thank you for your letter of 3rd February 2009.

It is my honour to state that, after carefully reviewing the special circumstances relating to Kosovo, and mindful of the fact that a large number of countries have extended diplomatic recognition to the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Maldives, with immediate effect, recognizes the Republic of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state. The Government and the people of the Republic of Maldives wish the Government and the people of the Republic of Kosovo peace, prosperity and happiness.

I look forward to an opportunity of meeting Your Excellency in the near future.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.


Yours sincerely


Ahmed Shaheed

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