Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice named a veteran Eastern Europe specialist the United States' new ambassador to Kosovo Friday, five months after Kosovo declared independence.
In a press conference together with Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, Rice named Tina Kaidanow, currently the US charge d'affaires in Pristina, as the new ambassador.
"More than 40 countries have recognized Kosovo, including over two-thirds of the European Union and NATO, and a majority of UN Security Council members," Rice said.
"The United States will continue to assist Kosovo as it builds its multiethnic government and its democratic institutions."
Since declaring independence on February 17, Kosovo is still seeking formal recognition from several neighbors in Eastern Europe including Serbia, as well as from Spain and major powers Russia and China.
On their first visit to the United States as leaders of an independent nation, Sejdiu and Thaci will meet with President George W. Bush on Monday.
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