Monday, February 20, 2017
Bill Clinton is brought to tears as Kosovan waiter at NYC restaurant thanks him for allowing him to come to the US after he was tortured in civil war
Bill and Hillary Clinton were dining at Sea Fire Grill on Friday night
An anonymous waiter told them about his time in war-torn Kosovo
He told Bill Clinton the military efforts he authorized in 1999 saved his life
Clinton launched a NATO bombing campaign to force Yugoslav troops out of Kosovo
By Jordan Gass-Poore for Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 23:05 GMT, 19 February 2017
Bill Clinton was moved to tears by an Albanian waiter at a New York City restaurant who credited the former president with saving his life.
Bill and Hillary Clinton were dining at The Seafire Grill on Friday night when one of the waiters dropped to his knees in front of them and said: 'Sir, I want to thank you. If not for you, I wouldn't be alive today.'
The waiter told them his harrowing tales of his time in war-torn Kosovo, a disputed borderland between Serbia and Albania.
Bill and Hillary Clinton were dining at the New York City restaurant The Seafire Grill on Friday night when one of the waiters thanked Bill for saving his life during the Yugoslav Wars
After dinner, the Clintons shook the hands of other members of The Seafire Grill's (pictured) waitstaff, the majority of whom are Albanian
He fled Kosovo at 16, after his dad and other family members were tortured by the Yugoslavs during the war, TMZ reports.
Now 32, the waiter, who came to the US in 1999, credits Bill with saving his life.
As president, Bill launched a NATO bombing campaign in 1999 to force Yugoslav troops out of the disputed territory, which paved the way for Kosovo's independence nine years later.
When the waiter finished speaking, Bill grabbed the man's hand and wept.
The waiter spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of anti-immigration sentiment and did not want his photo published.
After dinner, the Clintons shook the hands of other members of the restaurant's waitstaff, the majority of whom are Albanian.