Saturday, December 17, 2011

President Jahjaga: U.S. military presence in Kosovo, essential
Pentagon is expected to add troops in Kosovo
President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, on Friday held a number of meetings with top U.S. officials in Washington. She met first under-Secretary of Defense, Michele Flournoy, which discussed issues of mutual cooperation.
President of Kosovo, praised the U.S. assistance in establishing peace and stability and the American commitment to peace in Europe. She further said that "American military presence in Kosovo and U.S. military camp Bondsteel is the guarantor for stability in the region and helped to establish a strong relationship between citizens and soldiers."
She said she welcomed the continued U.S. military presence in Kosovo as essential for all stability in Europe.
"Kosovo is aimed at membership in Partnership for Peace and the North-Atlantic Alliance, NATO and U.S. assistance in this process would be crucial," said President Jahjaga.
Meanwhile, U.S. Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy is highly valued relations between the two countries. She was particularly interested in the security situation in Kosovo and the situation in the north. She confirmed the U.S. commitment to peace and stability in Kosovo and the region.
During the day the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga met with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Robert Mueller. At the meeting discussed the modalities of cooperation in the fight against organized crime, corruption and international terrorism.
Jahjaga met with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and Senator Ross Johnson. The meeting discussed the continuation of American support for Kosovo, in particular through military presence.
President of Kosovo, held meetings with the ambassador for women's issues, Melanne Verveer, and with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Visiting U.S. President Jahjaga has given some media interviews in the U.S., Washington Times and Reuters as the Albanian section of VOA.

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