Czech Republic will not change position on Kosovo’s independence

The Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said his country will not be changing position on Kosovo’s independence after recognizing it in 2008.

Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the Visegrad Group summit underway in Prague, Babis said: “The Czech Republic’s foreign policy is in the hands of the government. I see no reason why the Czech Republic would change position on Kosovo.”

The comments come as a response to those made earlier by President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman that he ‘does not like Kosovo” and would initiate procedures to revoke recognition of its independence. Babis also said that Zeman’s remarks are nothing new and that he made similar ones even back in 2013.

In face of Zeman’s statement on Kosovo, the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Stephen B. King, said after meeting Kosovo’s Ambassador Arber Vllahiu that he reaffirmed “United States’ steadfast support for a sovereign, independent Republic of Kosovo, fully integrated into the international community.”