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Deputy Minister Selimi meets with high-level representatives of the U.S. government and other U.S. partner institutions

Washington, December 5, 2012 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Petrit Selimi, visited Washington D.C. to discuss the strategic planning for the next year’s lobbying actions with the U.S. partners.

During his official visit, Deputy Minister Selimi had a meeting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker, with whom he discussed the issues on the diplomatic agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the year 2013. Deputy Minister Selimi expressed his gratitude to DAS Reeker and his staff for their assistance for the Kosovo's EBRD membership and the fruitful cooperation during 2012.

At the State Department, Deputy Minister Selimi also met with Kosovo Desk officers and the Department on legal issues for sharing the latest information about the dialogue process, the recognitions of Kosovo, and its membership in international organizations.

Deputy Minister Selimi, on his first day of the visit, was received at the Pentagon by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Evelyn Farkas. During the meeting, DM Selimi has been accompanied by Kosovo’s Security Attaché, Brigadier General Xhavit Gashi, and has participated in the decoration of U.S. officers with a medal of merit of the Republic of Kosovo for special merits. Concerning the security issues and political developments Deputy Minister Selimi had a special meeting in the National Security Council, where he met with advisers for Europe and Russia to the Vice President Joe Biden.

During his visit, DM Selimi had the opportunity of meeting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Christopher Smart, where they discussed issues of economic diplomacy, recent economic trends in Kosovo as well as Kosovo’s collaboration with U.S. financial organizations.

On his second day of the visit to the U.S., Deputy Minister Selimi had a very productive meeting with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Ambassador Adam Ereli, and Mark Cameron, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy for Europe. During the day, he also met with representatives of the Center for Transatlantic Studies and the School for Advanced Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. Upon completion of his visit to Washington, Voice of America interviewed DFM Selimi. He also met with a group of kosovan young professionals who live and work in D.C. During all his meeting, Deputy Minister Selimi was accompanied by Kosovo's ambassador to the U.S., Akan Ismaili and chief of staff to the Foreign Minister, Ms. Heroina Telaku.

Deputy Minister Selimi will conclude his visit to the U.S. with a presentation at Yale University, invited by its National Security Group. He will be speaking to the law students on the developments in Eastern Europe.