On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Kosovo as you celebrate your fourteenth anniversary as a sovereign, independent state.

The enduring partnership between the United States and Kosovo is rooted in our shared democratic values.  As one of the world’s youngest democracies, Kosovo and its citizens are rightly proud of the progress you have made during these 14 years.  For our part, we are proud to support you in this effort.

While Kosovo’s independence and sovereignty are irreversible and inviolable, building resilient democratic and inclusive institutions that deliver for all citizens requires persistence.  The United States stands by Kosovo as it works to build a better future for its citizens.

We look forward to Kosovo rightfully taking its place alongside its neighbors in European and Euro-Atlantic institutions and reiterate our support for the EU-facilitated Dialogue as the way to achieve an agreement on normalized relations centered on mutual recognition.

We remain grateful for Kosovo’s leadership beyond its borders – for your generosity in hosting vulnerable Afghans and your contributions to global security and stability.

I wish peace, prosperity, and good health to the people of Kosovo as you continue your democratic journey, and we further strengthen our steadfast friendship, together.

U.S. Department of State

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