President Jahjaga’s speech at the reception held in honour of the US Independence Anniversary

Tonight we are gathered here to not only mark the anniversary of the independence of the United States of America but also acknowledge its unceasing commitment to peace, liberty, and democracy worldwide.

Honourable Speaker of the Parliament,
 
Honourable Prime Minister,
 
Honourable representatives of the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo,
 
Dear Ambassador Jacobson,
 
Congressman Engel,
 
Mr. Yazgerdi,
 
Dear friends of the Republic of Kosovo,
 
Honourable participants,
 
Ladies and Gentlemen;

Tonight we are gathered here to not only mark the anniversary of the independence of the United States of America but also acknowledge its unceasing commitment to peace, liberty, and democracy worldwide.
 
On this special day, I would also like to mark the everlasting friendship and valuable partnership between the people of Kosovo and people of America.

At every moment, at every turn the people of Kosovo have had you by their side. Together we have crossed many obstacles and jointly we have rejoiced at our achievements – brick by brick, milestone to milestone as we charted through and wrote this new chapter of optimism and hope to build a stable and democratic country.
 
Your support has ensured the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo peaceful lives today. Just a couple of days ago, as I welcomed to my office Congressman Engel to discuss our priorities - namely economic development and our European integration process – it dawned on us how far we have come. Twenty five years ago and for nearly a decade, we discussed existential issues, Congressman Engel. Today, the people of Kosovo are free and Kosovo is an independent, sovereign state.
 
Now - after a long and dramatic journey, we stand together as proud allies, as partners, as friends – to work to meet our common goals, to address common threats and to strengthen the ties between our two nations. Always by striving to stay true to our common values and beliefs in peace, justice and liberty.
 
John F. Kennedy once said: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”
 
I want to use this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude and the respect of the people of Kosovo to the US Ambassador, Tracey Ann Jacobson. Thank you, Tracey for your dedication to Kosovo and your hard work to strengthen the relationship between our nations. We will dearly miss you and I hope you will keep Kosovo in your heart. We are grateful to you.
 
And on that note, I would like to invite you, ladies and gentlemen, to raise a toast to you dear Ambassador to show our gratitude to the United States’ support to assure that liberty prevails in Kosovo. TOAST: To our true friend in times of hardship and in times of joy!
 
May God bless Kosovo, May God bless America.