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Ambassador Ismaili held a lecture at the Harvard Club of Washington DC

Washington, June 26, 2014 - Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Washington, Akan Ismaili, today has held a lecture before many professors and students who have finished their studies at Harvard University.

In the lecture organized by "Harvard Club of Washington DC", Ambassador Ismaili described the period after Kosovo`s independence and support that USA provided to Kosovo`s state-building process. Speaking on the relations with the United States of America, Ambassador Ismaili emphasized that after Kosovo`s successful state-building, now the focus will be placed in the field of economy, agriculture, education, health-care and cultural exchange. "We have initiated several projects, which will enhance our cooperation with the USA, not only in the political aspect, but also in economy, agriculture, education and healthcare.

Therefore, we are making efforts to bring as many American investors in Kosovo.  We will also work with our Diaspora in America, and very soon we will initiate new projects with them", stated Mr. Ismaili, adding that Kosovo`s Diaspora in the United States of America should be part of Kosovo`s economic development. 

As an example of good cooperation with the USA, he mentioned the cooperation with the state of Iowa, which is not only limited to military cooperation, but also includes cooperation in agriculture and other fields. Ambassador Ismaili has spoken on the process of recognition and Kosovo`s membership in international organisations. On this occasion, he emphasized that Kosovo already has 106 recognitions, and this number will grow every day more, whereas he mentioned Kosovo's membership in international, European and regional organizations as well.

One of the most important aspirations, according to Mr. Ismaili, is Kosovo`s membership in NATO. In his view, KSF transformation to AFK and membership to the Partnership for Peace, where significant progress has been made, should precede this process. "We are in the process of KSF`s transformation to KAF, and this brings us closer to NATO. For a very long time, we have received a lot of support from our partners, and now is the time to return that support. One day, we want to see AFK alongside other allies in NATO peacekeeping missions", added Mr. Ismaili.

He also spoke about the progress made in the dialogue for normalization of relations between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. Ambassador Ismaili, at the end of the lecture, was asked about many topics, including questions regarding Kosovo`s image and the role that sport can play in this regard.  Ambassador Ismaili replied that although Kosovo is not yet a member of FIFA, Kosovo, in a way, is being represented at the World Championships in Brazil. "We are not members of FIFA yet, but we have a representative team; 5 Albanians play in the Swiss national team. Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored three goals against Honduras, is from Kosovo", stated Mr. Ismaili. Afterwards, Ambassador Ismaili discussed with professors and students of the Harvard University on different topics. "Harvard Club of Washington DC" consists of students, professors and researchers who have finished studies at Harvard University.