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Under Secretary Allen’s Meeting with Kosovan President Osmani

Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Liz Allen met today with Kosovan President Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu in Pristina, Kosovo. The Under Secretary and President discussed the strategic priority to advance Kosovo along its path towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration and the importance of close coordination to achieve this goal. The Under Secretary emphasized the benefits of regional economic integration and the importance of European and transatlantic values such as minority rights and media freedom.

The two also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation between the United States and Kosovo on countering foreign state information manipulation. Kosovo is the fifteenth country across Europe, Africa, East Asia, and North America to endorse the U.S. Department of State’s Framework to Counter Foreign State Information Manipulation.

These countries have come together in shared recognition that foreign state information manipulation, which includes disinformation and propaganda, is a transnational security threat that can create or exploit divisions within and among countries, imperil election integrity, and undermine public trust in government. Through this MOU, the United States and Kosovo intend to expand information sharing, build capacity for critical counter-disinformation programming, and align government policies around the five key action areas established in the Framework. This expanded bilateral cooperation between the United States and Kosovo on countering foreign state information manipulation advances the two countries’ shared interest in securing a free, open, and fact-based global information ecosystem.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/under-secretary-allens-meeting-with-kosovan-president-osmani/

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