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ContributorGerald Farinas 
Last EditedGerald Farinas  Feb 18, 2008 07:39pm
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News DateTuesday, February 19, 2008 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Honolulu Advertiser

President Bush extended formal recognition Monday to Kosovo as "an independent and sovereign state," rebuffing protests by Serbia and Russia.

Bush, who is touring several African nations, promised in a letter to the new nation's president, Fatmir Sejdiu, that "the United states will be your partner and your friend."

"In your request to establish diplomatic relations with the United States, you expressed Kosovo's desire to attain the highest standards of democracy and freedom," Bush wrote. "I fully welcome this sentiment. In particular, I support your embrace of multi-ethnicity as a principle of good governance and your commitment to developing accountable institutions in which all citizens are equal under the law."

Serbia recalled its ambassador from Washington over the U.S. decision, and it has threatened to recall its envoys from all countries that establish diplomatic ties with Kosovo, though it said it would not sever relations.
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