Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj had to cancel a visit to the United States since the authorities of the latter did not issue him a visa.
PM’s Office, who had been invited to attend events in Iowa organized by the National Guard commanding officer Major General Tim Orr, on January 11, at first dismissed claims that Haradinaj’s visa application had been turned down. But later the local media of Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, reported that the US. Embassy had actually denied the visa request.
Analysts believe that the delays in issuing the visa came as a reaction against the latest incentive of Kosovo Lawmakers to scrap new War Court announced in December, which has especially triggered strong reactions by the United States ambassador in Pristina Greg Delawie, the United Kingdom ambassador in Pristina Ruairi O’Connell, the US Department and the main countries of the European Union.
However, it seems like Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, won’t be staying with his arms crossed. He’s been visiting Tirana on 11 January and where he met with the President of Albania Ilir Meta and the PM Edi Rama.
According to the media reports Haradinaj has received an Albanian passport in Tirana, in order to avoid such unpleasant situations for him in the future. Haradinaj and his wife have been granted with Albanian citizenship on 24 April 2017 based on an order signed by President Meta’s predecessor, Bujar Nishani.
Haradinaj was one of the key figures of the former Kosovo Liberation Army during the 1998-1999 war with Serb forces. He has been arrested a few times, based on a warrant issued by Serbia, under accusations of war crimes. In January 2017 he was detained in France, which rejected to extradite him to Serbia and freed him after several months. He became Kosovo PM in after his political coalition won elections in Kosovo, in July 2017.