U.S. Relations With Kosovo

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Fact Sheet
October 10, 2018


More information about Kosovo is available on the Kosovo Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-KOSOVO RELATIONS

Since Kosovo’s independence in 2008, the United States and over 100 other countries have recognized Kosovo as an independent, sovereign state. The United States continues to support a multiethnic, democratic Kosovo, fully integrated into the international community. This remains a key pillar of U.S. efforts to stabilize the Balkan region and ensure a Europe that is strong and free. U.S. priorities in Kosovo are focused on strengthening the rule of law, fostering economic growth, and improving regional security.

The European Union (EU)-facilitated Dialogue talks, launched in 2010 with U.S. backing, established a new paradigm for reconciliation between Kosovo and Serbia. The United States will continue to support the efforts of Serbia and Kosovo to fully implement Dialogue agreements and will help move both sides toward comprehensive normalization of relations.

In 2016, Kosovo entered into a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU, the first steps toward EU membership. Compliance with the SAA enhances trade between the EU and Kosovo, obligates Kosovo to align its legislation with EU standards, and furthers the ongoing political dialogue between the EU and Kosovo. The United States continues to support Kosovo on its Euro-Atlantic integration path.

U.S. Assistance to Kosovo

U.S. Government assistance aims to help Kosovo become a stable, democratic, and economically viable country within Europe, offering equal opportunity and protections to all its citizens. U.S. Department of State and USAID foreign assistance prioritize the full implementation of international agreements to normalize Kosovo-Serbia relations and works to build transparent and responsive government institutions. The United States is also working with the Kosovo government to implement a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Threshold Program to support accountable governance and a reliable energy landscape in Kosovo.

Security Partnership

U.S. troops continue to participate in the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) to help maintain a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all of Kosovo’s citizens. The United States is the largest KFOR contributor of the 27 troop contributing nations.

The Iowa National Guard-led bilateral state partnership program, launched in 2011, was founded with the long-term goal of building and expanding partnerships with the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), which will help Kosovo promote regional security and cooperation, and contribute to the U.S. goal of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. Kosovo is the only country that maintains a consulate in Des Moines, Iowa, a sign of the growing civilian partnership between Iowa and Kosovo.

We also value Kosovo’s efforts in countering violent extremism (CVE) in the region and applaud efforts to reduce the threat of foreign terrorist fighters and other radicalized individuals in Kosovo through engagement with local communities, counter-messaging, and through active participation and contributions to the Defeat-ISIS coalition.

Bilateral Economic Relations

U.S. investors in Kosovo are involved with projects in the construction, energy, health, IT, and real estate development sectors. Kosovo has been designated as a beneficiary country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which promotes economic development by eliminating duties on approximately 3,500 products imported from Kosovo. There are 11 U.S. companies registered in the United States that have offices in Kosovo, including Bechtel, Hill International, Coca Cola, KFC, ContourGlobal, Marriott, Cisco, Famous Famiglia, Domino’s, Burger King and Microsoft.

Kosovo's Membership in International Organizations

Kosovo is a member of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Council of Europe’s Development Bank and Venice Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Apostille Convention, the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Olympic Committee, and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). Kosovo has a number of diplomatic missions and consular posts worldwide.

Bilateral Representation

Principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Kosovo maintains an embassy in the United States at 2175 K St. NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037 (tel. 202-380-3581).

More information about Kosovo is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Kosovo Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Kosovo Page
U.S. Embassy
USAID Kosovo Page
History of U.S. Relations With Kosovo
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Kosovo
Library of Congress Country Studies (see Yugoslavia (Former))
Travel Information