- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Kosovo is planning to open a consulate in downtown Des Moines later this year, becoming the first nation to establish such an office in Iowa.

Vlora Citaku, Kosovo’s ambassador to the U.S., told The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1Pms4HO ) the small country in southeast Europe chose Iowa for its third consulate because of the similarities between the state and nation. Both have small populations and agriculture-based economies.

Kosovo’s other consulates are in Washington and New York City.

Citaku says the Des Moines consulate will focus on strengthening business and political relationships with Iowa organizations.

Several other countries, including Denmark, Germany, France and Norway, have honorary consulates in Des Moines, but they are run by volunteers and don’t have dedicated offices.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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