Jamaica recognition: Kosovo leaders hail it, Jamaica FM refutes it

President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci announced he received confirmation from Kosovo’s Ambassador to the U.S., Vlora Citaku, that Jamaica has recognized Kosovo as an independent and sovereign country.

“I know this is a result of hard work & lobbying of several years, incl @RepEliotEngel. Good work. Thank you, dear friends, from Kingston!” Thaci wrote on Twitter.
Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti thanked the people and the government of Jamaica for recognizing Kosovo. “Jamaica, an important country of the Caribbean and an important part of the Commonwealth of Nations recognized officially the Republic of Kosova. A good start of 2020 for Kosova’s diplomacy and the new government,” he wrote on Twitter.
Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Glauk Konjufca hailed Jamaica’s decision saying the government will express readiness to initiate the establishment of diplomatic relations to deepen the cooperation.
Several media, however, quote Kamina Johnson-Smith, Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister, refuting news that the country has recognized Kosovo. “To date, Jamaica has not recognized Kosovo as an independent state,” she wrote on Twitter.