John Kerry, Secretary of State on Kosova’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of Kosova as you celebrate your fifth anniversary of independence on February 17.
This past year has been one of great milestones for Kosova, including the end of Kosova’s supervised independence, membership of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and progress in the dialogue with Serbia to normalize relations. The United States remains firmly committed to supporting an independent, sovereign, and multiethnic Kosova. I congratulate Kosova’s leaders for their dedication to building stronger democratic institutions, advancing new economic opportunities, promoting the rule of law, and reinforcing Kosova’s European integration path. Continued work in these areas serves to secure lasting regional stability and prosperity for your country.
As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States stands with Kosova as a partner and friend. I congratulate all the people of Kosova on this holiday and wish you great success in the year to come.