Kosovo's foreign minister says Kuwait has recognized Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia.
Enver Hoxhaj told The Associated Press by telephone from Kuwait on Tuesday that the decision was timed to match his visit. He said it also follows a visit by senior Kuwaiti officials to Kosovo earlier this week.
Hoxhaj is on a tour of the region that included a stop in the United Arab Emirates; he is also to visit Iraq.
Kosovo is majority Muslim, but so far Arab countries have hesitated from recognizing Kosovo's independence because of Serbia's lobbying.
More than 80 countries have recognized Kosovo as a state, but Serbia has vowed to stop it from gaining international recognition.