From: Die Morina van Uijtregt
Biden Committed to Helping Kosovo with Vaccines

The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden said that his administration will be helping Kosovo with the vaccines against coronavirus.

In a congratulatory letter sent to Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani, Bide wrote that his administration has made a priority of working with bilateral and multilateral partners to mobilize a response to the pandemic.

“The United States has provided an initial $4 billion contribution to GAVI to support the COVAX program to supply save and effective vaccines for countries in needs, and I was pleased to saw Kosovo has begun receiving its vaccine allotment from COVAX,” Biden wrote.

“As we increase vaccine supplies here in United States, we are exploring options to work with partners to share what we can. My team will remain in touch with you as these efforts develop,” he added in his letter as a response to a request from Osmani.

Biden ensured Osmani that the United States will continue to support efforts to secure a lasting peace through a productive dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, in order to have a comprehensive normalization agreement, “which we believe should be centered on mutual recognition”.

“Normalization of relations with Serbia is essential for Kosovo to realize its potential and fully integrate into Euro-Atlantic institutions. I know reaching that goal will require flexibility and difficult compromises along the way, and the United States will be your partner at every step,” Biden said.

President Biden also emphasizes his family’s personal connection with Kosovo, as his son Beau worked in the country following the end of the war in 1999. He died in 2015, while in 2016 the Biden family attended the dedication of a Kosovo highway named in his honor.

Biden said that he is looking forward to working on Kosovo’s priorities such as strengthening the rule of law, fighting corruption, protecting the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, rebuilding from COVID-19 pandemic, fostering economic development and securing a sustainable energy for the future.