A career diplomat with more than 30 years of experience in the field said he would encourage Kosovo to be flexible in talks with Serbia while affirming US support for Kosovo’s sovereignty.
The US Senate has confirmed the appointment of Jeffrey Hovenier as Washington’s new ambassador to Pristina. Hovenier was appointed for Kosovo in July by President Joe Biden.
A career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, at a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month he said if confirmed as an ambassador he would prioritize continued state support -United to a sovereign and democratic Kosovo.
He also said he would encourage Kosovo to be constructive and flexible in talks with Serbia on normalization of relations.
Previously, he was Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Adviser at the United States Embassy in Ankara. Prior to that he served in Berlin.
He also served in US diplomatic missions in Croatia, Greece, Panama, Paraguay and Peru; the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE; on the staff of the United Nations Special Envoy for the Status of Kosovo; and on temporary assignment in Serbia, Montenegro. Well versed in Kosovo affairs, he was part of the US delegation to the Kosovo peace talks in 1999.
His duties in Washington have included the post of Director of Central and Southeast European Affairs at the National Security Council and the European Office of the State Department, in charge of NATO and European affairs. central.
Hovenier has received a number of top honors and performance awards and the Kosovo Presidential Medal marking the tenth anniversary of Kosovo’s independence.
He holds an MA from Georgetown University and a BA from Brigham Young University. He speaks German, Greek, Croatian and Spanish.