Kosovo Ambassador with X Factor

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga and Rita Ora

British pop icon and X-Factor Rita Ora was appointed an honorary ambassador of Kosovo by the country’s President during her a recent official visit to the UK.

Conferring the honour, Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga described Ora as the young country’s “most successful” artist.

The Pristina-born star promised to wear the title “with great honour,” saying: “I didn’t expect to be a role model, least of all being ambassador, but I’m not going to say no.”

She added: “I’ve always had a special place in my heart for my home town and Kosovo.”

Ora received the honour at a reception at the Embassy of Kosovo, attended by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and ex NATO Secretary George Robertson, both key players in the NATO-led Kosovo war.

During the visit President Jahjaga met with the Queen and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. She also had talks with FCO Minister Baroness Anelay who later visited Kosovo.

The Minister announced £80,000 of UK support for the Kosovo Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and the establishment of a Special Court on War Crimes.