February 19, 2019
U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe, Mike Enzi, John Boozman, Mike Rounds and Congressmen Trent Kelly and Greg Gianforte visited Kosovo where they met with U.S. troops stationed there and visited with Kosovo’s President, Prime Minister and Commander of the Kosovo Security Force.
“Since 1999, the United States has shown its commitment to Kosovo,” Inhofe said. “Now, 11 years after their independence, our friendship is closer than ever. Kosovo has proven to be a good friend in the region to counter Russia’s influence, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to grow their economy, promote rule of law and transition from a security force into a traditional army. I am pleased President Trump is also committed to seeing a sustainable, lasting peace between Kosovo and Serbia, which will open up greater opportunity and promote stability for both nations and the region.
“I was also honored to visit with U.S. National Guard and reserve troops that are stationed in Kosovo and hear more about their mission. They play an important role by promoting positive relationships and training the Kosovo Security Force and I am grateful for their service.”
“The United States and Kosovo have a strong strategic partnership that we are committed to continuing,” Boozman said. “We can be proud of the support our country has provided to help Kosovo achieve democracy and improve the lives of its citizens. I am encouraged by the advancing discussions between Kosovo and Serbia to improve the relationship between these two countries and strengthen stability in the Balkans.”