Dhaka – Bangladesh has decided to formally recognize Kosovo as independent state with the cabinet approving a proposal for extending recognition to the southeastern European state.
The cabinet headed by Prime Minister approved a proposal for recognition of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state, official spokesman M Shafiul Alam told newsmen after the weekly meeting of the cabinet.
Bangladesh, he said, would be the 114th country to recognize the independence of Kosovo since its declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Alam, also the Cabinet Secretary, said so far 113 countries including the United States, UK, France and 36 OIC countries out of 57 have recognized Kosovo.
Serbia lost control of Kosovo when NATO air strikes forced Belgrade to withdraw its troops in 1999 while the military alliance still has around 5,000 troops stationed in Kosovo to keep the fragile peace.
Serbia, its ally Russia and several other countries also refused to recognize Kosovo’s 2008 independence.