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Atifete Jahjaga
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Jahjaga in 2022
3rd President of Kosovo
In office
7 April 2011 – 7 April 2016
Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi
Isa Mustafa
Preceded by Behgjet Pacolli
Jakup Krasniqi (Acting)
Succeeded by Hashim Thaçi
Personal details
Born (1975-04-20) 20 April 1975 (age 49)
Đakovica, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
(now Gjakova, Kosovo)
Political party Independent
Astrit Kuçi
(div. 2018)
Alma mater University of Pristina
University of Leicester
University of Virginia
Website Jahjaga Foundation

Atifete Jahjaga (Albanian pronunciation: [atiˈfɛːtɛ jahˈjaːɡa]; born 20 April 1975) is a Kosovar Albanian politician who served as the third President of Kosovo. She was the first female President of the Republic of Kosovo, the first non-partisan candidate and the youngest female head of state to be elected to the top office. She served as Deputy Director of the Kosovo Police, holding the rank of General Lieutenant Colonel, the most senior among women officers in Southeastern Europe.

Early life and education

Jahjaga, a Kosovo Albanian, was born in Đakovica (now referred to as Gjakova), then a part of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Her paternal descent is from Berisha in northern Albania. She attended elementary and secondary school in Gjakova, and graduated from the University of Pristina at the Faculty of Law in 2000. In 2006/07, she completed a graduate and certificate program in police management and criminal law at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She also received extensive professional training at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Germany and the FBI National Academy in the United States, and a postgraduate Certification in Crime Science at the University of Virginia in the U.S.A., in 2007.

Police career

After the Kosovo War, Jahjaga completed Kosovo's Police Academy to become an officer and was gradually promoted to higher ranks, initially a major, then colonel, and finally major general, giving her contribution in building Kosovo's most trusted law enforcement institution.

Jahjaga held the position of the Deputy Director of the Kosovo Police, and briefly filled in as acting General Director in 2010. While serving in the Kosovo Police, she drew the attention of American officers and diplomats who presented her before senior U.S. officials on special occasions as a representative of a new generation of Kosovar civil servants. Her pictures with U.S. President George W. Bush during his visit to the FBI National Academy and with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Kosovo were among the few distributed through the Internet before she was placed on the national spotlight as a presidential candidate.

President of Kosovo

Atifete Jahjaga Joe Biden
Jahjaga and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Following a political crisis that engulfed Kosovo with the resignation of President Fatmir Sejdiu and after the Constitutional Court's decision which ruled against the election of Behgjet Pacolli as President of Kosovo, on 6 April 2011, due to her background in public service and highly demonstrated integrity, Atifete was announced as the consensus candidate for the office of President of Kosovo, under support from the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Democratic League of Kosovo and New Kosovo Alliance, and supported by the US Ambassador in Kosovo, Christopher Dell. Although she enjoyed a positive reputation as a police commander, she came out of relative obscurity as a candidate for the highest office of the state, with most of the public and political leaders unaware of her political leanings.

On 7 April, Jahjaga was elected President on the first round of voting by the Parliament; of 100 MPs present, 80 voted for Jahjaga and 10 cast a ballot for Suzan Novoberdali. To date, she is the only president to be elected on the first round of voting. Only Kosovo's 1st President Ibrahim Rugova has received more votes, being appointed by the Parliament by an 88-3 vote in 2002, in the third round of voting.

In her inaugural address, Jahjaga stated that her main goal as the President is to put Kosovo on a safe path toward membership into the European Union and the United Nations.

"The ideal of all Kosovo is membership in the EU and a permanent friendship with the United States. I believe and I am convinced our dreams will come true," she said in her first speech to the Parliament.


Country image building

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Jahjaga meets U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Since taking office in April 2011, President Jahjaga has sought to strengthen the democratic institutions of the country and has helped to build and to secure greater international recognition for Kosovo. Jahjaga has contributed to changing Kosovo’s image abroad, promoting European and Euro-Atlantic agenda, reconciliation and tolerance, normalization of relations with neighboring countries, and attracting foreign investment. She has redefined the role of the President in building pluralistic and democratic life of Kosovo, and continuously implemented the constitutional principles that form the basis of democracy. Through her participation in various international forums and numerous bilateral visits, Jahjaga has created new bridges of cooperation and gave her country a voice internationally by sharing Kosovo's state-building experience and making it a vital contributor in global debates. President Jahjaga's vision and her moderate leadership in Kosovo and the Western Balkans has secured her unprecedented international support.

Constitutional leadership

President Jahjaga actively enforced her constitutional duties and opposes legislation that contradicts European Union practices and standards. According to the European Commission Progress Report, her enforcement of checks and balances demonstrated that there is separation of powers in Kosovo presently.

In 2012, President Jahjaga sent back to the Parliament of Kosovo the Criminal Code for reconsideration, demanding the removal of provisions pertaining to freedom of expression, namely the criminalization of defamation and articles that would compel journalists to reveal their sources. Jahjaga deemed the measures in contradiction to freedom of expression, Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo and the European Convention on Human Rights.

During local elections of 2013 and early general elections of 2014, she successfully coordinated and mobilized mechanisms of justice and the Central Election Commission for a fair, democratic and transparent electoral process, following Kosovo's rigged general elections in 2010 that drew much concern about the legitimacy of Kosovo's institutions and criticism from international organizations. Due to the efforts led by Jahjaga to ensure a democratic process, according to international monitors, the elections of 2013 and 2014 were fair and inclusive, drawing to the ballot boxes for the first time the citizens of Serb municipalities in the north of the country. Following the June elections of 2014, Kosovo was paralyzed by a political and constitutional deadlock which prevented the formation of institutions and undermined the country's democratic functioning. In an effort to find solution to the political impasse, President Jahjaga began intensive meetings with leaders of parliamentary political parties in finding the formula for the establishment of the new Parliament and formation of the Government. Jahjaga played a crucial role in resolving the crisis, ensuring democratic functioning of institutions through a credible, transparent and inclusive process, in full respect of the constitutional court decisions and legal procedures. U.S. President Barack Obama, on the occasion of Kosovo's Independence Day, congratulated Jahjaga for her "leadership and resolve in working with party leaders during the extended government-formation process."

Immediately after the formation of the government, in coordination with the Speaker of the Parliament, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Jahjaga reached institutional consensus on the establishment of the Special Court as an international obligation stemming from the exchange of letters between President Jahjaga and EU High Representative Baroness Ashton. The exchange of letters was approved with broad support of 87 votes in the Assembly of Kosovo. President Jahjaga during this process held regular meetings with opposition leaders, civil society and media to ensure transparency and to seek wider consensus on a national issue.

Determined to reach broader consensus on national agenda, Jahjaga established three National Councils during her mandate to ensure the inclusion of civil society, academia and business community. She spent much of her time in office meeting with representatives of civil society, ethnic communities and marginalized groups.

European integration process

President Jahjaga is very active in promoting the EU integration agenda of her country. In March 2012, she inaugurated the National Council for European Integration, a high level coordination body with the aim to build consensus on European agenda through an inclusive and cross-party approach. At its first meeting, President Jahjaga and EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Fule, launched the Feasibility Study for Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the Republic of Kosovo and the European Union. In 2013, the National Council adopted the first Kosovo National Strategy for European Integration, ensuring consensus with all Kosovar society actors involved in the process.

Jahjaga has consistently helped coordinate institutions efficiently and to accelerate the implementation of technical criteria as part of the Dialogue on visa liberalization with the European Union. In 2015, in coordination with other institutions, Jahjaga requested that all technical criteria to be completed by May 2015. A month later, Kosovo presented to the European Commission its final report on the fulfillment of the visa liberalization road map.

In early 2015, during the great wave of illegal migration of Kosovo citizens to western Europe, Jahjaga was the only leader who visited Kosovo municipalities affected by migration in order to speak with citizens about their concerns. Many European officials have commended Jahjaga for her personal engagement to establish direct dialogue with citizens and her key role in stopping the flow of the citizens of Kosovo to Western Europe.

Rule of law

Secretary Clinton and President of Kosovo Jahjaga Sign U.S.-Kosovo Agreement on Protection, Preservation of Certain Cultural Properties (6518534205)
Jahjaga and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sign the US-Kosovo Agreement on the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Properties

President Jahjaga established the National Anti Corruption Council on 14 February 2012. The Council is a coordinating body that aims to coordinate the work and the activities of the institutions and independent agencies, to prevent and fight corruption. The Council is composed of representatives from different institutions and agencies and has become the key forum between these interlocutors. As the President guarantees the constitutional functioning of the institutions, Jahjaga has continuously sought to promote an independent and impartial justice system.

During the prolonged process of appointment of the State Prosecutor, the delays by the Prosecutorial Council, the decision of the Constitutional Court, as well as efforts to influence the process, President Jahjaga ensured a transparent and credible process acting on defined timelines and legal and constitutional procedures.

Jahjaga has also reformed the law on pardon by strengthening criteria and procedures for granting pardon to convicted persons. The new law rejects the practices of previous Presidents who have pardoned prisoners serving sentences for serious crimes. In order to ensure transparency and strengthen the rule of law, Jahjaga has pardoned a very small number of prisoners whereas in 2015 none. Ministry of Justice and the Council of Prisoners Strikers often criticized Jahjaga's decision to pardon a small number of prisoners who have committed lesser offenses.

Combating Islamic extremism and radicalization

Atifete Jahjaga - King Abdullah II of Jordan
Jahjaga and King Abdullah II of Jordan

During the political deadlock of 2014, Kosovo was increasingly threatened by violent extremism as the number of Kosovo citizens joining the terrorist groups in the Middle East as foreign fighters was growing. Determined to stamp the flow of foreign fighters and address the security challenge they posed, President Jahjaga successfully led security mechanisms in the fight against violent extremism and radicalization, by turning Kosovo into an international example how to address a common challenge to national security.

In acknowledgement of her efforts, US President Obama invited President Jahjaga to attend the extraordinary session of the UN Security Council in September 2014, where the resolution was adopted to combat violent extremism and radicalization. President Jahjaga also had an important role in the adoption of the law to prevent citizens joining armed conflicts abroad, decreed on 23 March 2015, and measures for preventing the activities, organization and any radical and extremist activity in Kosovo. The United States and European Union have continuously praised Jahjaga for Kosovo's support for the international coalition against the Islamic State and strong commitment to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

Attracting foreign investments

Jahjaga has been constantly engaged in creating new partnerships for Kosovo and attracting more foreign investments. In Kosovo, she called for a partnership and coordination of government and private sector to improve good business practices that would make Kosovo attractive to foreign investment.

President Jahjaga signed a 22 million euro donation of by Sheikha Bint Mubarak of United Arab Emirates for a Pediatric Surgical Hospital building within the University Clinical Center of Kosovo.

Women's empowerment

Jahjaga with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

During her incumbency, women's role in Kosovo advanced. In 2012, she hosted an International Women's Summit "Partnership for Change—Empowering Women," which was attended by 200 leaders from Kosovo, wider Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East. The discussions led to creation of the Pristina Principles, which affirm the rights of women to political participation and representation, economic resources and access to security and justice, and call for actions to make these principles a reality.

In May 2012 President Jahjaga became a member of the Council of Women World Leaders. She is participates in global conferences on the role of women in society.

Reconciliation and tolerance

Jahjaga worked hard to build bridges between Kosovo's various ethnic communities. She was active in interfaith dialogue and continuously reached out to minority communities in Kosovo. In 2013, she visited the Serb Orthodox Monastery of Dečani and its clergy for the celebration of Easter, calling on all the citizens of Kosovo

Atifete Jahjaga - His Holiness Pope Francis
Jahjaga was received at the holy see in the Vatican by Pope Francis

to continue to cultivate the inter-religious tolerance that has prevailed in the country.

She led the Consultative Council for Communities. The Council made a number of recommendations pertaining to the empowerment of communities in various fields like education, economic development, employment, social and other issues. It repeatedly opposed the discriminatory policies towards communities.

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Seal of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) logo.

Jahjaga led the efforts to make Kosovo an eligible country for the U.S. Government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) development funds. In February 2015, she created a working group led by the Office of the President of Kosovo and worked closely with national institutions and UN specialized agencies in Kosovo to improve policy performance on 20 independent and objective indicators on economic freedoms, democratic rights, control of corruption, good governance and investing in people. On 6 November 2015, the MCC announced that Kosovo has passed for the first time MCC scorecard with 13 out of 20 indicators, and improved Control of Corruption indicator with 16%, compared to previous year. At its quarterly meeting on 16 December 2015, the Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors voted to make Kosovo eligible for a compact, MCC large-scale investment program.

Office of the President of Kosovo

During Jahjaga's mandate, the Office of the President has always ranked as the most trusted institution by the citizens of Kosovo. As the first consensual and non-partisan President in history of independent Kosovo, Jahjaga was focused on de-politicization of the Office of the President which is open to all citizens and political parties. The role of the President is conceived as unique role in inter-institutional coordination which increases transparency and the effectiveness of the institutions to fulfill their mandate, and at the same time maintaining the constitutional separation of powers. Jahjaga lives a modest lifestyle. She and her cabinet have been singled out by the Anti-Corruption Agency as the best example of transparency and accountability that public officials should demonstrate. Jahjaga's Cabinet of Advisers consists of non-partisan and experienced professionals, educated at some of the best U.S. and European universities.

The Jahjaga Foundation

The Jahjaga Foundation is a non-governmental organization, founded by Atifete Jahjaga in March 2018. The general goal of the Jahjaga Foundation is the democratic development of Kosovo and the Balkans, through social inclusion and support for marginalized groups, as a precondition for peacebuilding in the region.

Countries visited

List of state visits made
Country Year Cities visited Type of visit
1  Albania 2011, 2012 Tirana, Durrës, Pogradec Working visit
2  Austria 2012, 2013, 2014 Vienna, Alpbach State visit

Working visit

3  Belgium 2011, 2012, 2013 Brussels Working visit
4  Bulgaria 2015 Sofia Working visit
5  Croatia 2011, 2012, 2015 Zagreb, Dubrovnik Official visit

Working visit

6  Czech Republic 2011 Prague Working visit
7  France 2015 Paris Working visit
8  Germany 2011, 2014 Berlin, Munich Working visit
9  Holy See 2015 Vatican Working visit
10  Honduras 2014 Tegucigalpa State visit
11  Hungary 2011 Budapest State visit
12  Italy 2011, 2015 Rome, Venice Official visit
13  Jordan 2014, 2015 Amman, Petra, Dead Sea Official visit, Working visit
14  Lithuania 2011 Vilnius Working visit
15  Macedonia 2011 Ohrid Working visit
16  Malaysia 2013 Kuala Lumpur Working visit
17  Montenegro 2012, 2015 Budva Working visit
18  Netherlands 2013 The Hague, Amsterdam Working visit
19  Panama 2014 Panama City State visit
20  Poland 2011 Warsaw Working visit
21  Romania 2014 Bucharest Working visit
22  Senegal 2014 Dakar Working visit
23  Slovakia 2013 Bratislava Working visit
24  Slovenia 2011, 2015 Ljubljana, Portorož Official visit

Working visit

25  Switzerland 2015 Bern, Zürich Official visit
26  Turkey 2012, 2013, 2014 Istanbul Working visit
27  United Arab Emirates 2012, 2014, 2015 Abu Dhabi, Dubai Official visit

Working visit

28  United Kingdom 2013, 2014, 2015 London, Durham, Leicester Working visit
29  United States 2012, 2013, 2014 Washington, D.C., New York, Des Moines Working visit

Bilateral meetings with foreign officials

List of bilateral meetings with foreign dignitaries, Heads of State, Heads of Parliaments, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers
Country Dignitary
1  Albania Meeting with President of the Republic of Albania, Bujar Nishani [2012, 2013, 2014, 2015]
Meeting with President of the Republic of Albania, Bamir Topi [2011, 2012]
Meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Edi Rama [2013]
Meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Sali Berisha [2011, 2012]
2  Armenia Meeting with Foreign Minister of Armenia, Eduard Nalbandyan [2014, New York]
3  Austria Meeting with President of Austria, Heinz Fischer [2012, 2013, 2014, 2015]
Meeting with Speaker of the Austrian Parliament, Barbara Prammer [2013]
Meeting with Chancellor of Austria, Werner Faymann [2014]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Sebastian Kurz [2015]
4  Bahamas Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frederick Mitchel [2014]
5  Belgium Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Steven Vanackere [2011]
6  Botswana Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Phandu Skelemani [2014]
7  Brazil Meeting with Minister of Strategic Affairs, Marcelo Neri [2014]
8  Bulgaria Meeting with President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev [2012, 2014, 2015]
9  Costa Rica Meeting with President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla [2014]
10  Croatia Meeting with President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović [2015]
Meeting with President of Croatia, Ivo Josipović [2011, 2012, 2013]
Meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Croatia, Boris Šprem [2012]
Meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Croatia, Luka Bebić [2011]
Meeting with Prime Minister of Croatia, Zoran Milanović [2012]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vesna Pusić [2012]
11  Czech Republic Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg [2011]
12  Denmark Meeting with Minister for European Affairs, Nicolai Wamman [2012]
13  Egypt Meeting with Minister for European Affairs, Mohammed Amr [2012]
14  El Salvador Meeting with Minister for European Affairs, Jaime Miranda Flamenco [2014]
15  Estonia Meeting with President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves [2012]
16  Europe Meeting with President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy [2011, 2012, 2013]
Meeting with President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek [2011]
Meeting with President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso [2011, 2012]
Meeting with EUHR, Federica Mogherini [2015]
Meeting with EUHR, Catherine Ashton [2011, 2012, 2013, 2014]
17  Finland Meeting with President of Finland, Tarja Halonen [2011]
18  France Meeting with President of France, François Hollande [2013, 2015]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Laurent Fabius [2014]
19  Germany Meeting with President of Germany, Joachim Gauck [2013]
Meeting with Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel [2014]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeir [2015]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle [2011, 2012]
20  Ghana Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh [2014]
21  Guatemala Meeting with President of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina [2014, Panama City]
22  Vatican City Meeting with Pope Francis [2015, Vatican City]
Meeting with Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin [2014, New York]
23  Honduras Meeting with President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado [2014, Tegucigalpa]
Meeting with President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa [2011, Prishtina]
24  Hungary Meeting with President of Hungary, Pal Schmitt [2011, Budapest]
Meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Hungary, Laslo Kover [2011]
Meeting with Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban [2011, 2015]
25  Iceland Meeting with President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson [2012, Abu Dhabi]
26  Iraq Meeting with Vice President of Iraq, Ayad Allawi [2015, Jordan]
27  Italy Meeting with President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano [2011, Rome]
Meeting with Acting President of Italy, Pietro Grasso [2015, Rome]
Meeting with President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, Laura Boldrini [2015, Rome]
28  Jordan Meeting with HM King Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan [2013, 2014, 2015]
Meeting with HM Queen Rania of Jordan [2013]
29  Lithuania Meeting with President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė [2011, Vilnius]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Audronius Ažubalis [2011]
30  Luxembourg Meeting with Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri [2014, Prishtina]
Meeting with Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel [2014, New York]
31  Macedonia Meeting with President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov [2011, 2012, 2013, 2014]
Meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Macedonia, Trajko Veljanovski [2012]
Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia, Musa Xhaferi [2015]
32  Malaysia Meeting with HM King of Malaysia, Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah [2013, Kuala Lumpur]
Meeting with Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak [2013]
33  Montenegro Meeting with President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanović [2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015]
34  Morocco Meeting with Prime Minister of Morocco, Abdelilah Benkirane [2013]
35  Netherlands Meeting with His Royal Highnesses King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands [2013]
Meeting with Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte [2013]
Meeting with President of the Senate, Ankie Broekers-Knol [2013]
Meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Anouchka van Miltenburg [2013]
36  Pakistan Meeting with President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain [2014, Ankara]
Meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif [2013, London]
37  Panama Meeting with President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli [2014]
38  Poland Meeting with President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski [2011]
39  Portugal Meeting with Minister of Defense, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco [2011, 2012, 2014]
40  Romania Meeting with President of Romania, Traian Basescu [2014, Bucharest]
41  Senegal Meeting with President of Senegal, Macky Sall [2014, Dakar]
42  Serbia Meeting with President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolić [2013, Brussels]
43  Seychelles Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Paul Adam [2014]
44  Singapore Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, K. Shanguman [2014]
45  Slovakia Meeting with President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska [2014, New York]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miroslav Lajcak [2013, 2014]
46  Slovenia Meeting with President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor [2013, 2014, 2015]
Meeting with President of Slovenia, Danilo Turk [2011]
Meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Slovenia, Pavel Gantar [2011]
47  South Sudan Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barnaba Marial Benjamin [2014]
48  Sweden Meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden, Urban Ahlin [2015]
49  Switzerland Meeting with President of Switzerland, Simonetta Sommaruga [2015]
Meeting with President of Switzerland, Didier Burkhalter [2014]
Meeting with President of Switzerland, Ueli Maurer [2013]
50  Turkey Meeting with President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül [2012]
Meeting with Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Cemil Çiçek [2013]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoğlu [2012, 2013]
51  United Arab Emirates Meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, HH Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan [2012, 2013, 2014]
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, HH Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan [2012, 2014]
52  United Kingdom Meeting with Queen Elizabeth II [2015]
Meeting with Charles, Prince of Wales [2013]
Meeting with UK Parliament Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza [2013]
Meeting with Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow [2013]
Meeting with UK Prime Minister, David Cameron [2013]
Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond [2015]
Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague [2012, 2013, 2014]
53  United States Meeting with U.S. President, Barack Obama [2011, 2012, 2014]
Meeting with U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden [2011, 2013]
Meeting with U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton [2011, 2012, 2013]
Meeting with U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power [2014]
Meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary for Europe, Victoria Nuland [2014, 2015]
54  Vietnam Meeting with Vice President of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Doan. [2015]

Honours and awards


  •  Italy
    • Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Two Sicilian Royal Family: Recipient of the Two Sicilian Royal Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George Benemerenti Medal, 1st Class
    • Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Two Sicilian Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I
  •  Panama


27 June 2013 - Honoris Causa from the University of Durham.

21 September 2014 - Leadership in Public Service Award from the Clinton Global Initiative.

16 July 2015 - Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Leicester.

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