The U.S. donates 55 armored vehicles to Kosovo troops

The U.S. donates 55 armored vehicles to Kosovo troops

The U.S. has given 55 armored vehicles to the Kosovo Security Forces.

The ceremony at a base in Pristina, organized by the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Kosovo Security Forces, was attended by Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

Osmani thanked the U.S. for the donation and said the people of Kosovo will always be grateful to the American people.

She also expressed hope that in the next phase of assistance, the U.S. will give Kosovo helicopters, which the Kosovo security forces lack.

The U.S. actively supports the 3,400-strong Kosovo Security Force, which was transformed into a regular army more than two years ago, although its name was not changed to the armed forces as planned.

Kosovo on Sunday also welcomed a group of 111 evacuated Afghans associated with NATO.

The Kosovo Security Force is expected to have 5,000 troops and 3,000 reservists in ten years, mostly for crisis management and civilian protection operations.

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