Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, has hired Podesta Group to a $50K-a-month contract to strengthen ties with the U.S and deepen economic cooperation.

Source: CIA Factbook

The contract with the country’s Ministry of Economic Development is to be reviewed every six months. Either side can nullify the agreement with 60 days notice.

Tony Podesta’s firm, which has close ties to the White House, is to keep Kosovo updated on the American political scene and maintain contact with the press and non-governmental organizations.

Kosovo, which is one of Europe’s poorest countries, gave Patton Boggs a $600K, one-year contract last September covering bilateral ties with the U.S., foreign aid and private sector investment.

It is currently squabbling with Serbia over elections slated for May.