Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 17, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Kosovo on your third anniversary of independence this February 17.

In my visit to Kosovo last October I was impressed with the promise of such a young country. The dynamic, engaged youth who represent so much of Kosovo’s future are working with civil society to build up democratic institutions, expand economic opportunities, and promote the rule of law.

Today is a fitting occasion for Kosovo’s elected leaders to reinforce their commitment to good governance and transparency -- both essential to fulfill Euro-Atlantic integration. This is necessary to the lasting stability and prosperity for Kosovo.

As I said during my visit, the United States is committed to your future and we are honored to be your friends and your partners. You are charting a new future for your country and for the region. As you celebrate your third year of independence, know that the United States stands with you as we work toward a more secure and peaceful Kosovo.

PRN: 2011/227

[This is a mobile copy of Kosovo's National Day]

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