11.01.2022

Prime Minister Albin Kurti pays a visit to the first regiment of the KSF Land Forces

 

Gjilan, 11 January 2022

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Albin Kurti paid a visit to the first regiment of the Kosovo Security Force Land Forces, in the barracks “NewBorn”, in Gjilan.

In his speech before the members of the regiment, Prime Minister Kurti expressed his honor and pride for the visit and added that there is no better way to start the new year.

He said that the infantry, as the oldest branch of the army, proves that military technology and equipment, no matter how sophisticated and precise, cannot replace the momentum and the strength of a smart warrior.

This, as the Prime Minister said to the soldiers, adds responsibility to your leaders and each one of you to act together to the extent of being united as one single body with high morale and intense dedication, as well as teamwork and regular training.

Last year, the KSF demonstrated high professionalism, commitment to the service of peace and security, not only within its borders, but also abroad, as well as, not only for its citizens, but also for all those who need it.

One of the highest successes of 2021, was the participation in “Defender Europe ‘21”, where you demonstrated your readiness, professionalism and interaction with NATO and the United States of America military.

Participating in the international exercise and the successful validation of your company, is a testament to the achievements, which make us all proud every day, said Prime Minister Kurti. He expressed confidence that the next challenge, “Defender Europe ‘23”, will find them even in a better situation and better prepared.

Full speech of Prime Minister Kurti:

Honorable Minister of Defense, Mr. Armend Mehaj,
Honorable Deputy Commander of the Kosovo Security Force, Brigadier General, Enver Cikaqi,
Honorable Commander of the First Regiment of the Land Forces Command, Lieutenant Colonel Albert Kuçi,

It is a pleasure to be here at your barracks, among you, dedicated soldiers, to meet you and see your work closely,

You, the Kosovo Army, are both the dream and the legacy of generations over the years, who sacrificed the valuable for the precious and gave their lives for the freedom.

You, with your noble service, prepare every day to defend the homeland. I have no choice but to feel honored and proud and there is no better way to start the new year.

The infantry, as the oldest branch of the army, proves that military technology and equipment, no matter how sophisticated and precise, cannot replace the momentum and strength of a smart warrior.

This adds the responsibility of your leaders and each one of you to act together to the extent of being united as one single body with high morale and intense dedication, as well as teamwork and regular training.

The Kosovo Security Force is growing every day with its capabilities, proving that it is ready for new responsibilities and even greater tasks.

Last year, the KSF again demonstrated high professionalism, commitment to the service of peace and security, not only within its borders, but also abroad, as well as, not only for its citizens, but also for all those who need it.

One of the highest successes of 2021, is the participation in “Defender Europe ‘21”, where you demonstrated your readiness, professionalism and interaction with NATO and the United States of America military.

Participating in the international exercise and the successful validation of your company is a testament to the achievements, which make us all proud every day.

The next challenge, “Defender Europe ‘23”, will find you even better and better prepared.

I am confident in your success in this exercise as well. You will still prove that the Kosovo Army is a disciplined, well-trained army and an army of success.

You will achieve this through joint teamwork, learning from each other and from your military leaders.

Above all, you will achieve this with diligence and motivation, to honor our country, state and people.

Enhancing the Army is our joint task. The Government of the Republic of Kosovo is committed to modernizing the Army, both in equipment and armaments, as well as in terms of service, as well as in providing opportunities where you can demonstrate your military skills.

Achieving our state and national goals requires a lot of work, discipline and cooperation. The latter is cultivated the most by the army. You have demonstrated this best.

Thank you and happy 2022!