The government of Portugal has recognized the independent Republic of Kosovo, report Kosovo's public television RTK and the Portuguese media.
"It is in the interests of the state of Portugal to proceed today to the official recognition of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign country. We are convinced that now independence of Kosovo is irreversible," Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado told the Foreign Committee of the Portuguese Parliament.
According to the RTK report, Portuguese authorities will soon contact their Kosovo counterparts.
Portugal becomes the 22 European Union and 48 overall to recognize Kosovo. EU countries still to recognize are Cyprus, Slovakia, Spain, Greece and Romania.
Here is the link for the Portuguese Foreign Ministry, where they have the report of the recognition. (it's in Portuguese, couldn't find an English one yet)
This is big news, especially how the majority of people who were (and are) against the independence of Kosovo, thought that Portugal would never recognize. (or it would take years)
Also from that list of the EU countries that have not yet recognized, Greece has already started the process by recognizing the new passport of Kosovo and has already started issuing visas. So that leaves only Cyprus, Slovakia, Spain and Romania out of EU countries, and they all will act withing 6 months. (I'd be shocked if it went any longer)
Thank you Portugal. OBRIGADO!!!