The United States opened an embassy in Kosovo’s capital Pristina on April 8, Serbian and Kosovar news agencies reported, citing a US statement.
The embassy is headed by Tina Kaidanow as charge d’affaires. She said that the embassy had been opened on the recommendation of US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.
Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu said that Kosovo had a long history of special relations with the US, “cultivated and strengthened during the most difficult times in the existence of the people of Kosovo”.
Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci said that the opening of the US embassy was “a magnificent deed”.
The news website of Kosova Live said that in opening the embassy, Washington was “proving the commitment of Washington towards the state of Kosova, for which they gave a special contribution before and after the war as well for the international recognition of Kosova’s independence”.