George H. W. Bush (image courtesy Getty)

Kosovo has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for the late US president George H.W. Bush.

The former president was seen as an early ally of the ethnic Albanians in the former Serbian province.

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Passionately pro-US, Kosovo flies American flags in front of many government offices and businesses in a sign of gratitude for the US-led NATO intervention that helped severe it from Serbia in 1999.

On Wednesday, the day of Bush’s funeral, Kosovo flags will be flown at half-mast across the country in his honour, President Hashim Thaci’s office said in a statement Tuesday.

It will be a “sign of state and civic respect for (Bush’s) contribution to the freedom of Kosovo”, the statement said.

Morning classes in Kosovo schools on Wednesday will also be dedicated to the US leader.

“Bush has been engaged every time in promoting Kosovo’s affairs” on the world stage, said education minister Shyqiri Bytyci at a press release.