White House: Kosovo, Serbia leaders made progress, talks continue Friday - Gazeta Express

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04/09/2020 0:54

White House: Kosovo, Serbia leaders made progress, talks continue Friday

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Gazeta Express

04/09/2020 0:54

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said leaders of Kosovo and Serbia made real progress during Thursday’s meeting at the White House. He said that talks will continue Friday and are focused on  economic normalization.  

“Very good round of discussions this afternoon with the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo. They made real progress today,” O’Brien wrote on Twitter, He thanked representatives of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Exom Bank for joining the meeting. “Economic Normalization means jobs for young people. Talks continue tomorrow!” O’Brien said.

Kosovo prime minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic met Thursday at the White House to discuss economic cooperation between the two countries. The meeting was hosted by the National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien and President Donald Trump’s special envoy on dialogue, Richard Grenell.

Kosovo prime minister Avdullah Hoti addressing journalists after the meeting said that discussions will be finalized Friday. “We met O’Brien and Grenell. The meeting was attended by Serbian President also. Tomorrow [Friday] we expect to finalize today’s discussions,” Hoti said.

Kosovo PM expressed his belief that US will not propose an agreement which is to the detriment of Kosovo. “I can assure you one thing, that harmful and unacceptable agreements have never and will never come from the White House,” Hoti said. “Some progress has been achieved on economic issues and we have made an important step forward,” he stressed.

Hoti also said that that Kosovo and Serbia have not discussed swap of territories during the meeting Thursday. “The land swap issue was not addressed and will not be addressed at the negotiation table,” Hoti stated. When asked to comment the contents of the potential deal, Hoti said that all the details will be published Friday.

Serbian president Vucic in a statement posted on Twitter confirmed that talks will continue, and he does not know whether an agreement will be reached. “People from Trump’s Administration were very simple, they listened us, and the point referring to mutual recognition is no longer in the documents,” Vucic said. /GazetaExpress/