BELGRADE – Slovenian President Borut Pahor on Tuesday called on all the states to recognize Kosovo’s independence during his meeting with Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci, local media reported.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, which Serbia does not recognize. Slovenia recognized it on March 5, 2008 and established diplomatic relations a month later.

“Today we once again state our support for the Kosovo’s desire to be diplomatically recognized by all the states, especially the neighboring ones, and to be included in all international organizations. Kosovo would thus have the possibility of political, economic and overall social development,” Pahor said at the joined conference with Thaci as cited by the 24Hours media outlet.

He added that Kosovo will in the future join the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) but stressed that those memberships will take some time to be fulfilled, and called on Kosovo authorities to continue with the reforms.