Prishtina, 21 February 2020
The Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, accompanied by Deputy Prime Ministers, Besnik Tahiri, Driton Selmanaj, Albulena Balaj – Halimaj, Goran Rakiq, and Ministers Meliza Haradinaj, Arban Abrashi, Blerim Kuçi and Selim Selimi, has received today in meeting a delegation from the United States of America, which consisted of the US Special Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell, Chief Executive Officer of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Adam Boehler, Representatives of USAID, President of the United States Export-Import Bank (EXIM), and other senior government officials from the US Department of Energy and Trade.
Initially, a meeting of both delegations took place, where the Prime Minister Hoti has informed the US delegation on the priorities of Kosovo Government and its commitment to recover the economy.
Prime Minister Hoti expressed his gratitude towards the United States of America for their continued support provided to Kosovo in its Euro-Atlantic path, as well as in concrete projects for sustainable economic development of Kosovo.
After the meeting, in a special ceremony, Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and the Chief Executive Officer of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Adam Boehler, have signed the joint statement between Kosovo and the US.
Afterwards, Prime Minister Hoti, together with Ambassador Grenell and DFC Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler, held a joint press conference..
Full speech of the Prime Minister Hoti at the conference:
Good evening everyone!
Please allow me to thank you all for this interest expressed! Today we were honoured to receive the delegation from the USA, headed by Ambassador Grenell, at the Government of Kosovo.. It was a special honour to meet with a delegation of key US agencies to implement the agreement we reached in Washington on 4 September.
I believe that their presence today says one thing, it shows the determination and seriousness of President Trump, his Administration, Ambassador and all his associates, for the implementation of an agreement that is rightly considered a historic agreement, a very big step towards the finalization of the final agreement between the two countries.
We had an extensive and detailed conversation on all points of the agreement. My pleasure and honour to say that we will move quickly to implement this agreement. A new economic momentum has already been created in Kosovo and in the region and together with this new economic momentum, I believe that we will move forward in the normalization of political relations as well.
This agreement we have reached, will create thousands of new jobs, will transform Kosovo and the region into the most integrated region in terms of infrastructure and economic development.
We are fully committed as a government, we have made the necessary preparations and now we expect that in the upcoming weeks, specifically the relevant ministers in the government, together with the US Administration, to move concretely in the implementation of the agreement.
Attached is the joint Kosovo-US joint statement, signed by Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and the Chief Executive Officer of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Adam Boehler.