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KSF Minister Agim Çeku, during his visit to the United States, discusses the deepening of bilateral cooperation in security issues

From 27 to 31 January 2013, the Kosovo Security Force Minister Agim Ceku, accompanied by the Deputy Commander, KSF ( LFC COM) Major General Rahman Rama, visited the United States.

On the first day of the visit, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Dr. James Miller and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Evelyn Farkas received Minister Çeku and his delegation at the Department of Defense. At the Pentagon, the delegation also met with the Deputy Chief of the National Guard Bureau Lt. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Major General Timothy Orr, Mr. Thomas Niblock, brigadier general Daniel Lokanson and Dr. John Finney.

They discussed the excellent relations between Kosovo and the State of Iowa’s State Partnership Program (SPP), as well as opportunities for further deepening the cooperation in this area. KSF’s delegation also talked about regional initiatives that are undertaken through EMAC, Regional Task Force Search and Rescue and the opportunity to have the SPP countries of the region join the respective states in the U.S.. The two sides expressed their willingness to deepen cooperation in other fields.

Minister Çeku was also received at the State Department by its Deputy Director, Office for European Affairs, Mr. David Burger and the National Security Council’s Adviser for Europe, Mr. Mark Fleming. During the meeting, they discussed the achievements of the KSF, RSSS process and the future of the KSF. In the meetings in Washington, the Kosovo’s ambassador to the U.S., Akan Ismaili and brigadier general Xhavit Gashi, military attache at the Embassy, also joined Minister Ceku and his delegation.

While visiting the state of Iowa, Minister Çeku addressed the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Iowa, and met with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs. Senator Daryl Beall and Major General Tim Orr, Commander in Chief of the National Guard of Iowa, also received the delegation. Kosovo’s delegation during their stay in Iowa also met with the mayor of Johnston City-Iowa, Mrs. Paula Dierenfeld, and with the members of the City Council. Mayor Dierenfeld, in a sign of respect and honor from her hometown of Johnston, gave Minister Çeku a Written Proclamation as a gift for the Kosovo’s 5th anniversary of Independence.