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Lirim Greiçevci

What do you do, where are you based?
I am Kosovo’s Ambassador to the Court of St James’s in London. I also cover Ireland from London as a secondary appointment.

What is the best thing about the city you live in?

I am hugely proud to live and work in London, which is one of the oldest and most diverse cities in Europe. It is a cosmopolitan city, rich in culture and the birthplace of parliamentary democracy and rule of law. As a key member of NATO, the EU and Permanent Member of the UN, the UK has been one of the strongest supporters of Kosovo’s freedom and independence. Today, it is at the forefront of efforts for more recognitions and international integration for Kosovo. In Britain, I particularly admire the fascinating mix between tradition and modernity; the balance of power between a hereditary monarchy and an elected government by the people; the political pragmatism, common sense and compromise, even in the absence of a written constitution; and of course, in my view, the best literature you could ever enjoy.

What is the most you like about the job you do?

Being able to witness the birth of your country and playing a role, however small, as part a of a dedicated team of young professionals team of diplomats, in Kosovo’s journey to full recognition, is the best honour, privilege and reward anyone can imagine in his or her diplomatic career. We should all be rightly proud of the success we have achieved so far, but there is a lot more to do ahead of us to make Kosovo a full member of NATO, the EU and of the UN family of nations. I believe in our joint dedication and efforts and in Kosovo’s bright future.