US Embassy in Pristina has confirmed that Iowa National Guard commander, Major General Timothy Orr, has cancelled a planned visit to Kosovo over refusal to revoke the 100 percent tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Richard Mei, spokesperson to the US Embassy in Kosovo, told online media Koha.net that cancellation of General Orr’s visit has to do with the Government’s decision to impose tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“We can confirm that the visit of General Orr has been cancelled related to tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia. We have no other comment on future visits or planned training,” Mei said.
Media reported over the weakened that the US embassy officials informed Kosovo Security Forces commander, Rahman Rama, that the general’s visit had been cancelled. The visit was originally planned for February 16-18 on the 11th anniversary of the declaration of Kosovo’s independence, the Koha portal reported. Rama later sent a letter to Kosovo President Hashim Thaci saying that he had been informed at a meeting with the US military attaché that General Orr’s visit had been cancelled “to express dissatisfaction with the decision taken by the Kosovo government”. Rama said he had been told that training, education and military visits would be cancelled in future unless the government reviews its decision.