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President Jahjaga and Secretary Clinton Signed the U.S.-Kosovo Agreement on the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Properties

December 14, 2011, Washington, DC. President of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, signed at the Department of State an Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the Government of the United States on the Protection and Preservation of Certain Cultural Properties.

President Jahjaga stated that the “agreement between the Republic of Kosovo and the United States of America is another testament of our commitment to cultural tolerance and multiculturalism, and our embrace for the diversity of the members of our society regardless of ethnicity, faith, or race. The American values and ideals are an inspiration to us, and we look forward to jointly implement this agreement to further preserve our common cultural heritage.”

President said that “the United States of America is Kosovo’s strongest supporter and ally. Madam Secretary, you and the American people have always stood by us in our most difficult times, in achieving freedom, and now in our process of state building.”

Secretary Clinton said that agreement “commits our two governments to the protection and preservation, without discrimination, of the cultural heritage sites of national, religious, and ethnic groups that were victims of genocide during World War II.”

Secretary Clinton “conveyed on behalf of the United States the strong and continued support of our country for Kosovo’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that the future Kosovo is attempting to chart is of critical importance first and foremost for the people of Kosovo but also for the entire region.”