Launch of Open Procurement Transparency Portal

Launch of Open Procurement Transparency Portal, July 5, 2018 Thanks Mexhide and good morning everyone.  I’m so pleased to be here today.  This is really my favorite kind of event.  Because as much as we focus on fighting corruption, we don’t always have the opportunity to see the tangible progress we’re making in that fight.  But ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at 2018 Independence Day Celebration

As we commemorate our 242nd year of independence, we also celebrate our special partnership with Kosovo that deepens with each passing year.  When we celebrated Kosovo’s 10th anniversary earlier this year, it was an occasion to reflect on the impressive progress made in your first decade of statehood, working alongside partners and friends, many of ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Statement for Eagle 6 Distinguished Visitors Day

Ambassador Delawie’s Statement for Eagle 6 Distinguished Visitors Day, May 11, 2018 Wow! What a great exercise the Kosovo Security Force has put on with the successful execution of Eagle 6. This disaster response exercise is timely, and a great demonstration of the critical services the KSF provide to all of Kosovo’s citizens. I’m really ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks for Library Week in Kosovo

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks for Library Week in Kosovo, April 10, 2018 Good morning everyone.  Prime Minister Haradinaj, Minister Gashi, Director Gajraku, librarians, it is my pleasure to be here once again to kick-off the 16th edition of Library Week in Kosovo. Libraries, and more importantly their trained staff, are cornerstones of the community and essential to ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference

Pristina is a very interesting city, full of vibrant ideas and young people eager to bring Kosovo closer to the Euro-Atlantic future we all aspire to for them.  However, I think you will see that there are significant infrastructure challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years.  I’m excited to hear the ideas ...
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KSF/KBP Trauma Management Training Graduation Ceremony

The U.S. Embassy’s Civil Military Support Element has built strong relationships with both KSF and KBP for more than four years now.  The fruits of those relationships are events like these.  Events which show the true professionalism and dedication of the men and women, who selflessly volunteer to serve and protect the lives of their ...
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Marriott Signing Ceremony at Marigona Residence

The U.S. Embassy strongly supports engagement from U.S. companies in Kosovo, and these two hotels will provide significant economic benefits for Kosovo’s citizens, as well as providing a comfortable place for its visitors to stay.  In addition to generating millions of euros in construction and annual revenue, they will also employ around 150 people with ...
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Ambassador Delawie Remarks for Week of Women 2018: Corruption as a Threat to Democracy

Ambassador Delawie Remarks for Week of Women 2018: Corruption as a Threat to Democracy, March 20, 2018 Welcome everyone, it’s great to be back here at the annual Week of Women.  And I think this year’s theme really captures the defining challenges facing Kosovo: the struggle to build an equitable, inclusive society and the fight against corruption. ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Third High-Level Energy Forum

There are few issues more critical to Kosovo’s future than a secure, reliable, and independent energy supply and a diversified energy market.  Right now energy insecurity is costing Kosovo’s economy about €335 million a year, and that’s just not sustainable for any country.  But the cost is much broader than even that staggering sum conveys ...
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Chargé d’Affairs Hyland’s Remarks at the KSF Graduation Ceremony

New Recruits.  Today is your day.  Congratulations.  Today your journey starts and you join a proud organization, following in the footsteps of every member of the KSF that has graduated before you.  And, you have earned the right to wear this uniform.  I hope each of you will wear it with a sense of pride ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Annual Conference of Prosecutors

I hope that you will use this conference productively to discuss your most pressing concerns and challenges and come up with concrete suggestions for improvements of Kosovo’s prosecutorial and judicial systems. The U.S. Embassy will continue to assist you in these efforts and we look forward to continuing our work with you.
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Cyber Security and Privacy Conference

The U.S. Embassy strongly supports Kosovo’s efforts to increase its cybersecurity capabilities, both in the public and private sectors.  I am glad to see so many other people here who share that commitment, especially the Prime Minister, the Speaker, other members of Kosovo’s Government, civil society, private businesses, it is great to be here with ...
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U.S. EMBASSY PRISTINA TO PROCESS ALL IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF KOSOVO

The U.S. Embassy in Pristina is pleased to announce that beginning in January 2018, it will begin processing all Immigrant Visa (IV) applications for residents of Kosovo.  In previous years, IV applications were processed by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia.  Because the U.S. Embassy in Pristina seeks to provide high levels of customer service ...
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High-Level Donor Forum on the Rule of Law and Education Sectors

High-Level Donor Forum on the Rule of Law and Education Sectors, December 11, 2017 Good morning, Prime Minister Haradinaj, Ambassador Apostolova, Ministers, fellow diplomatic and donor colleagues. Looking around this room, it’s clear that Kosovo has a lot of friends and partners working to make a difference here. The U.S. partnership with Kosovo remains strong, and ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at TechCamp Kosovo: Combating Corruption in the Balkans Closing Ceremony

The Embassy supported all of these activities because fighting corruption and improving the rule of law in Kosovo are our top priorities.  Everything depends on this – from economic development to education to visa liberalization – every aspiration and ambition of Kosovo’s citizens depends on progress in tackling corruption. 
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Ambassador Delawie Closes Anti-Corruption Week with Quint & EU Counterparts

Ambassador Delawie Closes Anti-Corruption Week with Quint & EU Counterparts, December 9, 2017 This week over the course of 35 events and countless debates and discussions, we took a stand together in the fight against corruption in Kosovo. I’d like to offer a huge thank you to the NGO Coalition that worked so hard for ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund MOU Signing with SIDA

Today, the Fund receives a big boost from our friends at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, who will sign up to guarantee €10 million euros in KCGF loans.  This is a critical contribution that will help ensure the resilience and the sustainability of the Fund.  Sweden was an early supporter of this credit initiative, and ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Week Opening Press Conference

Defeating corruption is a long-term challenge for Kosovo, but meeting that challenge requires taking action now.  That’s why Anti-Corruption Week is so important.  Led by Kosovo civil society, many of us who work to end corruption are here to raise our voices, to propose ideas, and to demand action.
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Annual Judicial Conference

As you know, strengthening rule of law is my top priority.  And by that I mean, helping to strengthen Kosovo’s rule of law institutions and helping the country to fight corruption.  The United States is a strong supporter of rule of law in Kosovo, and our focus is on enhancing accountability, transparency, and efficiency in ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the EducationUSA Alumni College Fair

In addition to our programs, there are many more opportunities out there.  The American Advising Center can help students find the right academic program and scholarship opportunities. I am proud of the work they do year-round to provide advising, test preparation, and application assistance to students across Kosovo. I want to encourage any student with ...
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The launch of the University of Prishtina’s Career Center Database and Alumni Website

An important part of what career centers can do is connect students to vast alumni networks that have the power to play a huge role in the professional development of the talented individuals who follow in their footsteps.  In fact, in the U.S., it’s not uncommon for alumni to interview you before you even get ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Millennium Challenge Cocktail Reception

As I’ve noted before, $49 million is one of the largest Threshold grants ever approved by the MCC, and it is far and away the largest on a per capita basis.  And with it comes a huge responsibility for Kosovo’s new government to implement the program with efficiency, with transparency, and of course with results.
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DCM Colleen Hyland Remarks at the Donation Ceremony to the Health Center

DCM Colleen Hyland Remarks for the Donation Ceremony of Hospital Beds to the Health Center, 20 September 2017 Dr. Gjocaj, Dr. Veseli, Minister Ismaili, and the hardworking staff here at the Clinical Center.  I’m very pleased to be here today to mark the donation of much needed medical equipment to the Health Center. I am ...
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Live Auction on Behalf of the U.S. Embassy

Auction House Kosova (Shtëpia e Ankandeve Kosova) is holding a Live Auction on behalf of the U.S. Embassy on Saturday September 30th starting at 11am. Items listed below will be awarded to the highest bidder: Home appliances (washing/drying machines, refrigerators, stoves, heaters, etc.) Household furniture (sofas, dining table sets, lamps, chests, drawers etc.) Office items ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s remarks at the Coca-Cola Park Opening

I am very pleased to see Coca-Cola’s worldwide CSR commitment to give back to local communities taking root here in Kosovo and I look forward to Coca-Cola’s continued leadership in the field. I would certainly encourage other Kosovo-based businesses to look at what they can do for their communities, whether here in Pristina or elsewhere ...
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Live Auction on Behalf of the U.S. Embassy

Auction House Kosova (Shtëpia e Ankandeve Kosova) is holding a “Live Auction” on behalf of the U.S. Embassy on Saturday July 15 starting at 11 a.m.     Items listed below will be awarded to the highest bidder: Home appliances (washing/drying machines, refrigerators, stoves, heaters, etc.) Household furniture (sofas, dining table sets, lamps, chests, drawers etc.) Office items ...
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Launch of the Association of Women in the Energy Sector in Kosovo

Launching this new organization today is a part of that effort as well, and not just because it’s the right thing to do for women and girls.  But because Kosovo’s growing economy demands secure and reliable energy, and that’s going to take the full measure of the country’s young and highly-skilled workforce.  It would be ...
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Launching Ceremony of the Kosovo Crime Victim Compensation Program

The program is a step in Kosovo’s evolving justice system. After today, victims will finally be able to seek compensation from the state for their injuries. While this allows Kosovo to meet its international obligations, it is absolutely essential to help victims regain some of what was taken from them, to avoid being victimized a ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at Corruption Roundtable

As prosecutors you are a very important component in the fight against corruption and crucial to stopping public officials from abusing their power and authority for personal gain. I understand how hard this is. When you prosecute government figures, you will be subject to a high degree of scrutiny, media attention and possibly political pressure. ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Opening Remarks at the John F. Kennedy Photo Exhibit Opening

According to President Kennedy, a nation needs leaders with the courage to think beyond the traditional political patterns; those who will embrace difficult decisions, rather than shrinking from their responsibilities to the nation. This is the courage to which I, as a public servant, must aspire—and this is also the courage to which our democracy—and ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Launch of the Functional Review of the Rule of Law Sector

While this is an effort for Kosovo, and led by Kosovo institutions, I believe the international community also has an important contributory role to play. We are committed to your success, and have contributed resources and expertise to help you. I encourage you to take advantage of that, and come to us as you need ...
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Senator John McCain’s Remarks to the Assembly of Kosovo

Thank you, Mister Speaker, Mister Prime Minister, and dear friends for that kind reception and for the honor of addressing this Assembly. I come here to Kosovo after visiting Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. After my stay here—which I must admit is far too short—I will also visit Albania. As I travel ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks and Discussion at FOL Hapur

As you know, the United States and Kosovo share a special history and the United States is fully committed to Kosovo’s success. I speak about this often. Since even before Kosovo’s independence, my government has invested millions of dollars in this country to help strengthen rule of law and democratic governance; to facilitate economic growth; ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Hyland’s remarks at the Art Exhibition “Kids can help”

Your work is making a difference, it is spreading awareness among the public about the environmental issues. It is encouraging other people to become active agents for sustainable and eco-friendly development, and it is motivating people to clean up their communities and to help make sure they stay clean.
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Addressing Sexual Harassment in Public Universities

Deputy Chief of Mission Hyland’s remarks at the panel discussion on “Addressing Sexual Harassment in Public Universities”, March 8, 2017 Good morning and Happy International Women’s Day to you all. It’s my pleasure to celebrate with you today, but, more importantly to highlight this very important discussion on sexual harassment in Kosovo’s public universities. I would ...
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Civil Society Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism

The Embassy has strongly supported the Government of Kosovo’s efforts to tackle this issue. And now that the Government’s Strategy and Action Plan for countering violent extremism is well established at the national level, it is critical that community leaders take the reins to ensure local level implementation moves forward.
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the World Bank Women in Online Work (WOW)

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the World Bank Women in Online Work (WOW) Event, February 27, 2017 Mirëdita.  Dobar dan.  Good morning everybody.  It’s great to be here. Thank you very much, Prime Minister, Deputy Minister, diplomatic colleagues, participants in WOW. I’m really pleased to be here today to recognize this innovative program.  And I have to say ...
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Consultative Meeting on the establishment of the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation

Kosovo has already made important strides on the road to recovery from a terrible war that devastated so many families, and that is still causing far too many too much pain. Citizens can be rightfully proud of the steps their government has already made on the path toward reconciliation, including your inclusive laws and multi-ethnic ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Cyber Security and Privacy Conference

I am very encouraged to hear the Kosovo Government has approved a comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy and Action Plan. To open this important event today, I would like to say a few words today about the nexus between cybersecurity and privacy. The digital economy is booming around the world – creating new jobs and opportunities we ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Launch of Internet Economy Development Partnership

One of the extraordinary things about serving here in Kosovo is that every day I get to see the innovation of Kosovo’s entrepreneurs, and the determination of so many of you who are driving economic development. And there are so many different people- I was at a Makerspace in Gjakova a couple of months ago ...
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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

Fun facts about past presidential inaugurations Incoming presidents have celebrated their inaugurations in novel ways, starting with George Washington dancing the minuet after his. The Constitution offers little guidance beyond the date of the inauguration and the words of the oath. Each celebration is shaped by tradition and by each new president’s personality. Here’s a look at a few notable inaugural moments.  
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Info Session – Fulbright Specialist Program

U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section has opened the call for applications for the Fulbright Specialist program. This program allows Kosovo institutions (academic, government, civil society) to submit projects for assistance from a U.S. specialist. Deadline for receipt of applications for this program will be open until March 1, 2017. All information about this program can be ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s remarks at the launch of Law on Office of Disciplinary Conduct

Accountability for judges and prosecutors is fundamentally important to implementing the rule of law. An effective disciplinary system is the key to establishing that accountability. We are not talking about crimes; we are talking about actions that are ethical violations or call into question the judgment or impartiality of a judge or prosecutor.
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Bench-Bar/Civil Society Roundtable on Anti-Corruption Day

I’m pleased to be part of the launch of our new U.S. Embassy-supported project -- the “Demand for Justice” program – which will be working on some innovative ideas to improve citizens’ access to justice. For example, I was excited to hear about the initiative for Kosovo law students – under the guidance and mentorship ...
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Facebook Live Chat with Ambassador Delawie and Youth Council Anti-Corruption Week 2016

From our perspective, here at the Embassy, I think we’ve had a good year so far. We have raised awareness, a lot, about the problem of corruption. We have supported projects that make corruption less likely to happen, for example electronic procurement, and we are supporting prosecutors, judges and police on how to deal, investigate ...
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Ambassador Delawie remarks at the Anti-Corruption Concert

For five days, organizations across Kosovo have come together with a common message: united against corruption, bashkë e ndreqim. We have heard from government leaders, civil society, the international community and the media that the time has come for meaningful action in the fight against corruption. Tonight, I want to tell you that now it ...
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Conference on Human Rights and the Integration of Marginalized Groups in Kosovo

There is much to be done to ensure all of Kosovo’s citizens have opportunities and are empowered to effect change in their communities. The United States is proud to be your partner on these issues and will continue to stand with Kosovo and all of you here today, to advance human rights
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Chargé d’Affaires Remarks at the Kosovo Law Institute Roundtable

Chargé d’Affaires Remarks at the Kosovo Law Institute Roundtable, December 06, 2016 Thank you, Betim and Kosovo Law Institute for organizing this important discussion.  It is my pleasure to be here today to continue to show the Embassy’s support for the very important role the justice sector plays in the fight against corruption in Kosovo. ...
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Fighting Corruption through Transparency of Public Spending

USAID Kosovo Acting Mission Director Mike De La Rosa remarks on Fighting Corruption through Transparency of Public Spending, December 6, 2016 Thank you very much Nora.  And thanks to everyone else for taking the time to be here today. (Minister Hoti and Mr. Besnik Osmani) I appreciate the opportunity to emphasize the U.S. Embassy and ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Post-Election Interview with Klan Kosova

I think United States foreign policy regarding Balkans has been remarkably consistent for the last couple of decades. whether there has been a Republican in the White House or a Democrat in the White House. I don’t really expect that to change. Regarding Kosovo as well, certainly there has been very strong support for Kosovo ...
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Check Out Our New Website!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Women’s Economic Forum Inauguration

Failure to make more progress on these issues not only harms Kosovo’s women and girls, but also erodes the country’s overall economic development. That’s why this issue is even bigger than women’s rights and inclusion – it’s fundamentally about how Kosovo chooses to grow its economy, build prosperity, and pass it on to the next ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the “Equal Rights for All” Conference

Thank you so much for inviting me to join you in promoting “Equal Rights for All!”  This event is a testament to the fact that the human rights of LGBTI persons are in fact expanding. I hope our efforts over the coming days will increase cooperation to further LGBTI rights, as you have said Mr. ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Hyland at the “Strategy and International Security” seminar

Good morning.  I want to thank the George C Marshall Centre and Kosovo Diplomatic Agency for organizing a seminar on such an important topic. This seminar on Strategy and International Security addresses Kosovo’s vital interests and its engagement in the region and globally. We are all dedicated to creating a world that is more peaceful ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the KFC Opening Ceremony

Mirëdita.  Dobar dan.  Good morning everybody. Mayor Ahmeti, representatives of KFC, thank you very much for this celebration and for inviting me to be here.  I can tell you, it’s an absolute pleasure for me to be here and to see so many potential customers of all ages. The opening of KFC is a major ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Dokufest America Night Reception

Thank you all for coming! This is the fourth annual America Night at Dokufest. This is my first time hosting this reception, and I am happy to celebrate Dokufest and Dokutech and the American filmmakers, producers and festival directors joining us tonight. I’m honored that we can do this event in the beautiful Sheh Zade ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Signing of the MoU in Support of the Fulbright Program

President, Prime Minister, Minister Bajrami, Government of Kosovo officials. Rectors and other University Officials. Fulbright Alumni. Distinguished Guests. It is with great pleasure that I join you here today for this momentous signing ceremony. This year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program—proposed by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945 and enacted ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at 2016 Independence Day Celebration

Mirembrema; Dobro vecer; Good evening. Mister President, Mister Speaker, Mister Prime Minister, Senator Ernst, General Orr, General Gronski, Citizens of Kosovo, members of the international community, and my fellow Americans.  Welcome to our Independence Day celebration. I think it is particularly appropriate that we had Senator Bob Corker here to help celebrate Kosovo’s Independence Day ...
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The Launch of the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund with USAID Kosovo

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Launch Event of the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF), April 26, 2016 Good morning.  Speaker Veseli, Prime Minister Mustafa, Ambassador Viets, distinguished guests, good morning to everybody and welcome. I cannot tell you all how excited I am to be here talking about an economic issue.  I was actually an ...
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