The Kosovo press reports that Haradinaj has hired lobbyists who tried to contract official meetings with senior US officials by circumventing official channels.
The reason was, reportedly, emails received by the National Security Council from the office of the then Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj and the company he had paid to lobby for him. Such a move, unprecedented in US diplomatic practice, required a sharp response from US officials.
Emails published by the Metro Newspaper show that Haradinaj hired Matthew Oresman, International Trade & Global Policy Attorney, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, to arrange meetings with senior US officials in Washington, Kosovo online reports.
Because of this, William Berkeley, one of the main representatives of the National Security Council, wrote to Haradinaj’s advisor, Erold Belegu, to express his “disbelief” about the way the Kosovo government tried to lobby. He warned that all this could even be the reason for launching an investigation into how taxpayers’ money is used.