U.S. Balkan Envoy Matthew Palmer to Visit Kosovo


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Gazeta Express
11 Shtator 2019 12:17

Newly appointed U.S. Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, is expected to visit Kosovo, US Embassy in Pristina confirmed to Gazeta Express. Date and agenda of his visit are yet to be confirmed.

“The Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, plans to visit Kosovo. However, the date of his visit has not been scheduled yet,” the US Embassy in pristina told Gazeta Express in a written answer. This would be Palmer’s first visit to Kosovo in his capacity as US special envoy for Balkans.

On 30 August, the US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans. According to the US Department of State, Palmer will lead efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions. Palmer said that one of the key points of his agenda is also Pristina-Belgrade dialogue. In an interview with Montenegro’s state broadcaster RTCG, Palmer expressed his optimism that an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia can be achieved. He also said earlier that mutual recognition would be ideal for soling Kosovo-Serbia problems adding that the US will play its role as a partner in order to convince both parties resume the dialogue. /GazetaExpress/

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