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US Secretary of State Blinken reiterates support for multiethnic Kosovo on its 16th independence day

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The US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken reiterated his country’s support for a multiethnic Kosovo that advances a safer, more secure, and more prosperous region.

“As you continue to make progress on strengthening democratic institutions and promoting the rule of law, we will continue to support a multiethnic Kosovo that advances a safer, more secure, and more prosperous region,” he said.

“The United States encourages Kosovo to implement its commitments and press ahead through the EU-facilitated dialogue to achieve a comprehensive normalization agreement with Serbia, on the path to eventual mutual recognition,” he added.

He stressed that United States values enduring partnership, rooted in mutual understanding, shared values, and friendship between people of two countries.

Blinken also congratulated Kosovo on completion of sixteen years of independence as a sovereign nation on February 17.

“The United States believes Kosovo’s future is in Europe and Euro-Atlantic institutions. We support the aspirations set out in your declaration of independence and constitution to “contribute to the stability of the region and entire Europe by creating relations of good neighborliness and cooperation,” he further said.

Praising Kosovo for its support to Ukraine in war against Russia he said, “We welcome Kosovo’s steadfast support of Ukraine against Russia’s brutal and unjust war and are grateful for Kosovo’s generous assistance to journalists and others who sought refuge in your country. I look forward to deepening our partnership in strengthening democracy and creating the conditions for Kosovo and all its citizens to thrive in a more secure, stable, and prosperous world.”

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