STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kosovo awards Donald Trump with Order of Freedom for peace efforts

The honour is given to local and foreign citizens for their high contribution in defending Kosovo's freedom.

Published: 18th September 2020 08:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th September 2020 08:50 PM   |  A+A-

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

PRISTINA: Kosovo awarded US President Donald Trump on Friday with one of the country's highest honours for his government's efforts on peace and reconciliation in the former war-torn region.

President Hashim Thaci awarded Trump with Kosovo's Order of Freedom "for his exceptional contribution for the freedom of Kosovo and the strengthening of Peace and reconciliation in the region."

The honour is given to local and foreign citizens for their high contribution in defending Kosovo's freedom.

Trump's administration has been working to normalise relations between Serbia and Kosovo, two former Balkan war foes, and two weeks ago Serbian President Aleksander Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed an economic normalisation deal at the White House.

Thaci also awarded Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and his envoy for Serbia-Kosovo talks Richard Grenell with the lower Presidential Medal of Merits, saying they were "indispensable" for the deal.

Kosovo, a former Serbian province, and Serbia have been negotiating under European Union mediation since 2011 on normalising their ties.

Serbia fought a brutal 1998-1999 war with separatist fighters in Kosovo. The war ended after NATO conducted a 78-day airstrike campaign against Serbia.

Kosovo was run by the United Nations for nine years before it declared independence in 2008.

Most western nations recognise Kosovo's statehood, but not Serbia.

In another nod to inroads made this year, a member of Sweden's parliament nominated the governments of the US, Kosovo, and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In a letter sent to Trump, Thaci said that the Kosovo-Serbia deal can be achieved "only under the powerful leadership of the United States of America. Your role in that process is vital."

Thaci also invited Trump for a visit to Kosovo.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp