Albania’s president granted citizenship to the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj

Albania’s president has granted citizenship to the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj.

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Bujar Nishani on Monday issued a decree granting Albanian citizenship to Haradinaj and his wife Anita.

Many Kosovars have been granted Albanian citizenship in order to profit from the country’s visa-free regime with the European Union’s Schengen member countries. Kosovo is the only country in Western Balkans whose citizens still need a visa to visit the Schengen zone.

Haradinaj is in France on judicial supervision awaiting a court decision on whether he will be extradited to Serbia.

He was detained in January following arrest warrants from Serbia on war crimes charges.

Haradinaj, a guerrilla fighter in Kosovo’s 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia, has been cleared of war crimes charges by a U.N. tribunal.

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(ABC News referring the Associated Press contributed to this report)