Skënder Hyseni (Serbo-Croatian: Skender Hiseni) (born 17 February 1955 in Podujevo) is a Kosovar Albanian politician who is the current Minister of Internal Affairs and the former foreign minister of the Kosovo[a]. Hyseni graduated at the University of Pristina, branch of English Language and Literature in 1979. Hyseni stayed for a short period of time for study purposes in Bloomsburg State College-USA (1978) and in Aberdeen University-Scotland (1986).

Skënder Hyseni
Skender Hyseni at the Pentagon 2008.jpg
1st Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
3 March 2008 – 18 October 2010
PresidentFatmir Sejdiu
Prime MinisterHashim Thaçi
Preceded byPosition Created
Succeeded byVlora Çitaku (Acting)
Enver Hoxhaj
Minister of the Interior for Kosovo
In office
12 December 2014 – 9 September 2017
PresidentAtifete Jahjaga
Hashim Thaçi
Prime MinisterIsa Mustafa
Preceded byBajram Rexhepi
Succeeded byFlamur Sefaj
Personal details
Born17 February 1955 (1955-02-17) (age 64)
Podujevo, Kosovo, Yugoslavia
Political partyDemocratic League of Kosovo
Alma materUniversity of Pristina
Bloomsburg State College
Aberdeen University

He was nominated as a Foreign Minister on 3 March 2008.[1] and held the position until 18 October 2010, when he was replaced by Vlora Çitaku.[2] Before holding this position he was the Minister of Culture, Youth, Sport and Non-Residential Affairs in the same government.[3] Hysen had also served as a spokesman for the government and for Kosovan negotiators before the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence.

Party AffiliationEdit

He is member of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) party.


Past and Present Activities and Functions

  • Principal Political Adviser of President Ibrahim Rugova and President Fatmir Sejdiu
  • Member of Presidency of LDK party and Secretary for International Relationship
  • Spokesman of Unity Team
  • Member of Constituent Committee of Kosovo


a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 14 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. ^ Official notice of Hyseni's nomination as Foreign Minister of Kosovo[permanent dead link], Official website of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo. Link accessed 2008-05-28
  2. ^ Minister Hyseni handed over the duty of the Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo. Link accessed 20 October 2010
  3. ^ Governmental Cabinet, Republic of Kosovo (with individual photographs) Archived 2008-12-18 at the Wayback Machine, Official website of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, still listing Skënder Hyseni as the Culture, Youth, Sport and Non-Residential Affairs Minister. Link accessed 2008-05-28.

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