The Serbian government decided on Friday to expel Malaysia's Ambassador to Serbia following Malaysia's decision to recognize unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence, the Serbian Foreign Ministry said.
Ambassador Saw Ching Hong was presented with a note of protest informing him that in line with the Serbian government's action plan, a decision was taken to withdraw hospitality to him, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry.
Malaysia's decision to recognize Kosovo at the time when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is examining the legal validity of Kosovo's independence is considered as pressure on ICJ,said the statement, adding that Saw should leave Serbia within 48 hours.
Serbia's new move follows the expulsion earlier this month of Montenegrin and Macedonian ambassadors over their countries' recognition of Kosovo.
In a letter dated on Oct. 30, Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim informed Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs Skender Hyseni about the Malaysian government's decision to recognize Kosovo. Malaysia is the 52nd country that recognized Kosovo.
Kosovo, a breakaway Serbian province populated predominantly by ethnic Albanians, unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February with the strong support from the United States and most EU nations. But Serbia refuses to concede and has asked for the ICJ's ruling on whether the secession was legal.