PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo and the United States have signed an extradition agreement which they believe will enable them better fight terrorism, transnational crime and domestic corruption in the tiny Balkan nation.

Greg Delawie, the U.S. Ambassador to Pristina, said Tuesday that Washington will spend $12 million (€10.7 million) to train Kosovo justice and law enforcement professionals and considered the treaty "a mechanism that increases Kosovo's international credibility."

Kosovo outgoing President Ahtifete Jahjaga said the deal will "take criminals endangering public order and security of our countries to be confronted with justice."

Washington, Kosovo's strongest ally, led NATO's 1999 air war against Serbia to halt its attacks on people in Kosovo. In 2008 Pristina declared independence which is recognized by 111 countries but rejected by Serbia.