On February 19, Mr. Shpend Kallaba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kosovo, and his wife Mrs. Shqipe Kallaba held a reception in the Sredetz Hall of Sofia Hotel Balkan on the occasion of the national holiday of the country.

The event was attended by Ambassadors, diplomats, institution officials, journalists and representatives of the Kosovo community in Bulgaria.

10 years ago, on February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared its independence. In his welcoming speech to the guests, the Ambassador thanked Bulgaria for the support and recognition of the country's independence, highlighting the great prospects for bilateral cooperation and joint Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

E. Mr. Kallaba also stressed: "Today Kosovo is a consolidated multi-ethnic state and an active member of dozens of regional and international organizations. We have succeeded in building the foundations of a modern state, which is why it deserves to take its place in the international community, including full membership of the United Nations. As a potential candidate in the European Union and NATO, Kosovo is committed to being an exporter of peace, stability and prosperity. We have the youngest population in the European continent and we strive for foreign direct investments in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, outsourcing of business processes and clean energy."

The Ambassador invited everyone to visit Kosovo and convince themselves in the rapidly growing economy of this young country, concluding: "If we look in the future, we are guided by President Kennedy's quote: "Change is the law of life. And those who only look past or present will surely miss the future. "That is why we are committed to rising above the tragedies of the 20th century, because most of our people will live most of their lives in the 21st century."

The national music of Kosovo as well as the exhibition devoted to the 10th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Kosovo contributed to the pleasant atmosphere of the reception.

The photos were provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Above /from left to right/: Mr. Delfin Pllana, Minister Counselor and his wife, Mr. Lec Daka – Counselor, H. E. Mr. Shpend Kallaba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kosovo, and his wife, Mr. Lulzim Rafai, Consul, Mrs. Bubulina Krasniqi-Kallaba, First Secretary, Mr. Bujar Deskaj, Second Secretary, Mrs. Arjenta Dimo, Executive assistant and Mr. Vasil Shano