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Ambassador Ismaili visits North Carolina

May 22-23, 2013 - Charlotte and Raleigh - Kosovo's Ambassador to the U.S. Akan Ismaili travels to Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, where he met with political leadership and business community to discuss bilateral cooperation in economy and trade.

In Raleigh, Ambassador Ismaili met with the senior leadership, the NC Governor Pat McCrory and the NC Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. The NC Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, together with the Representatives and the Senators also hosted him.  In Charlotte, Ambassador Ismaili met the Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Pat Cotham.

In his meetings with NC Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker and the Senior Vice President Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Natalie English, the ambassador discussed opportunities for economic cooperation between Kosovo and North Carolina. He also attended the luncheon Charlotte Mayor's International Community Awards, and visited NC companies such as Duke Energy, Columbia Forest Products and Sustainable Energy Association.

During his visit to Raleigh, Ismaili was delighted to meet the team of NC attorneys from the Eastern District, lead by Attorney Thomas Walker and Assistant Attorney Kimberly Moore, who have been supporting Kosovo's judicial and prosecutorial institutions for several years now. At the end of his visit, ambassador Ismaili gave an interview with News 14 Carolina.

"I am committed to our partnership and looking forward to coming back in the near future and continue our dialogue creating cooperation opportunities between people and organizations of North Carolina and Kosovo. Having the opportunity to meet and interact with North Carolina leaders, I am impressed with their dedication to service, care for well-being of the citizens, economic development and above all their humbleness", said Ismaili.

At the end of the visit, Ambassador Ismaili extended his gratitude to the office of NC's Congressman Mark Meadows for organizing the visit.