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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi

The White House

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release

June 10, 2013

Vice President Biden met with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi this afternoon in Washington.  The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ close bilateral partnership with Kosovo and our enduring support for Kosovo’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.  The Vice President commended the leadership and political courage demonstrated by Prime Minister Thaçi and the Government of Kosovo in reaching agreement in the EU-facilitated Dialogue to normalize Kosovo’s relationship with Serbia.  The Vice President underscored the importance of implementing the agreement fully and expeditiously to take advantage of this historic opportunity to secure peace and prosperity for the people of Kosovo and Serbia and to advance the European aspirations of both countries.  The Vice President reiterated that the United States stands with Kosovo as a partner and friend and looks forward to deepening our partnership further in the years to come.