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New US ambassador urges Kosovo to show results when it comes to pledges to enforce the rule of law.
The United States expects concrete results from Kosovo in fighting organized crime and corruption.
This is the message that Washington’s new ambassador, Tracey Jacobson, brought to Pristina on presenting her credentials to President Atifete Jahjaga on Thursday.
“It’s extremely important, that by advancing democratic processes of rule of law, we see concrete results in the fight against corruption and organized crime,” Jacobson said, pledging to work in partnership with the authorities to achieve this goal.
After Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, the US was the first country to recognize it.
Kosovo leaders cherish their ties with the US administration, honouring America's key role in sponsoring the country's statehood.
Jacobson succeeded Christopher Dell.
President Jahjaga pledged to maintain excellent relations with the US administration, which she said she considers “essential to our development as a democratic society”.
Kosovo has made only limited progress in tackling rule-of-law issues since the end of war in 1999, according to the European Commission, which says organized crime, corruption, drug trafficking, and money laundering still plague the country.
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