The United Kingdom was among the first countries to recognise Kosovo as an independent state in February 2008. We remain one of Kosovo's foremost allies and strongest supporters. The United Kingdom lobbies, along with key international partners, to ensure countries have a full understanding of the facts regarding Kosovo. The United Kingdom supports Kosovo's integration into the international rules-based system through membership of international organisations, which can help promote security, stability and prosperity. The FCO actively supported Kosovo's Interpol membership bid in 2018 and continues to support them in their membership of the World Customs Organisation. The EU (and a number of other organisations such as NATO and the OSCE) have a "status neutral" approach towards Kosovo, since not all members recognise Kosovo as a sovereign state.