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Ambassador Ismaili submits his credentials as Non-resident Ambassador to Canada

Ottawa, December 15, 2012 - Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in the United States, Akan Ismaili, as of today will cover Canada in the capacity of non-resident ambassador.

During the official ceremony, ambassador Ismaili presented his letters of credentials to His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. The ceremony took place at the residence of Governor General Johnston. On the same day, the new ambassadors of India, Turkey, and Ukraine presented their credentials.

After formal submission of credentials, Governor General Johnston gave his remarks wishing ambassador Ismaili a welcome as Kosovo's first ambassador to Canada and emphasized the importance of this moment in building bilateral relations between Kosovo and Canada. "Our two countries have great potential to expand ties, and Canadians support the evolution of Kosovo into a democratic, multi-ethnic state that respects human rights. We will continue to work together for peace, political stability and economic progress in the Balkans", he said.

Ambassador Ismaili conveyed greetings from Kosovo’s President Jahjaga and her gratitude for the Canadian support provided for Kosovo and its people. During his visit, Ambassador Ismaili will be meeting with the General Director for Foreign Affairs and International Trade and other officials working on a Kosovo desk.

Canada has recognized the independence of Kosovo on 18 March 2008. Both countries enjoy diplomatic relations since April 2009. Canadian Embassy in Croatia covers Kosovo on a secondary basis.