Germany recognises Kosovo

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed yesterday to formally recognise Kosovo as an independent republic, a senior government official said.

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed yesterday to formally recognise Kosovo as an independent republic, a senior government official said.

The decision follows an announcement on Monday by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Berlin would recognise Kosovo.

Serbia, which hopes to move closer to the EU, recalled its ambassadors to Washington, Paris and some other countries in protest at the recognition of Kosovo announced on Monday by the US and the European Union authorities, but insisted it would not cut ties. - Sapa

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