WASFeb. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State sent its congratulations to Kosovo on the occasion of its independence anniversary on Monday.
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Kosovo as you commemorate the sixth anniversary of your independence on February 17.
"The United States remains firmly committed to an independent, sovereign, and multiethnic Kosovo.
"On this occasion, we reflect on the historic achievements of the past year, including the April 2013 agreement on normalization of relations with Serbia and the progress of the EU-facilitated Dialogue.
"We also look forward to the important work of building a prosperous and inclusive Kosovo integrated in European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. We are confident that with continued courage, persistence, and patience, Kosovo will realize its aspirations in a Europe whole, free, and at peace.
"As you celebrate the accomplishments of the people of Kosovo, the United States stands with you as a steadfast partner and friend.
"I offer best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous future."