Cairo media encourage Egyptian authorities to recognize Kosovo as soon as possible
Egyptian newspapers followed the visit as well as Minister Hoxhajs many meetings with political personalities and representatives of civil
society and faith communities in Cairo with published editorials, opinion pieces and various reports, all of which appealed for Egypt to recognize Kosovo as sovereign and independent as soon as possible.
Minister Hoxhaj seeks recognition of his state by Egypt
Kosovos Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, has arrived in Cairo on the first visit by a Kosovar official since the declaration of independence in 2008. Hoxhaj began his three day tour with a visit to Tahrir Square. Hoxhaj said that Tahrir Square is now a value to the world and not just to Arabs. He said that this square represents freedom and struggle, adding that the freedom and struggle made by
Egyptians in this square has inspired the people of Kosovo and the entire world by their manner of peaceful and civilizing protests, and their determination to achieve their rights and freedoms, said one of the Egyptian journalists when Minister Hoxhaj presented his agenda during his visit to the state.
Hoxhaj: Egypt supported our independence, we anticipate recognition
Another Cairo newspaper reported that Kosovos Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, in a conference organized by the Union of Journalists from
Egypt titled Kosovos independence, said that the goal of his visit to Egypt is recognizing Kosovos independence. He thanked Egypt for
its hospitality and especially the recognition of his state by the Revolutionary Youth.
Hoxhaj confirmed that his state has been recognized by many states, but aims to increase recognition to achieve United Nations membership. Hoxhaj added that Tahrir Square is not the only symbol of freedom in Egypt but freedom of the entire Arab world. He mentioned Kosovos non recognition by the Arab states, even though over 95 % of residents are Moslem, as just 10 Arab states out of 22 in total have recognizedKosovo.
Political stability in Kosovo has aided strong economic development. Hoxhaj asked the new Egypt to pursue a new policy toward Kosovo, and this policy should be recognition of independence. He added that the decision of recognition is a sovereign decision which belongs to Egypt and not Kosovo, and he expressed interest for cooperation in economics, tourism and cultural exchange. Hoxhaj stated that change in Egyptian society was necessary and this should occur in all Arab states, reported the article.
Al-Wafd leads initiative for recognition of Kosovos independence
Party head al-Wafd, Sayyid al-Badawi, said that he will play an important role in deepening economic relations between Kosovo and Egypt, and he proposed holding a conference of businessmen from the two countries to lead an initiative for Kosovos recognition. He reconfirmed Kosovos recognition by his party and added that he would support recognition through the Democratic Alliance, which is constituted by 35 parties (including his party), stated another Egyptian newspaper.
Hoxhaj welcomed Kosovos recognition by the al-Wafd party in May and the work of this party for Kosovos recognition and this partys representatives have said that during their visit to Libya on 23 September, they will raise the question of Kosovos recognition during their meeting with the Libyan Transition Council.
Head Imam of Egypt meets Hoxhaj
During the meeting that Kosovos Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, held with the Head Imam of Egypt, Ali Gomaa, he thanked the latter for the support from religious institutions given in the Islamic call. Hoxhaj confirmed the deep historic relations between Egypt and Kosovo, adding that Egypt with Azharin is a leader of the Arab and Islamic world. He asked the Egyptian Government to recognize as soon as possible the state of Kosovo, stated another prestigious Egyptian newspaper.