US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, a Democrat, and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, the most senior Democrat of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have asked the US administration to pursue its diplomatic support to resolve the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia in “a just way for both countries,” and in accordance with US law and longtime policy, Voice of America (VoA) reported. CUT
In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Engel and Menendez warn that the “heavy-handed tactics” the Trump administration is using with Kosovo, “is unjustly punishing the new cabinet,” while Serbia’s campaign against recognition of Kosovo as an independent state and its close ties with Kremlin have largely gone unpunished.
They agree that the tariffs imposed by Pristina on the goods coming from Serbia which have been removed, were mostly hurting Kosovo citizens, adding that this is a means employed by the governments across the globe, and often also by the Trump administration.
“Kosovo is a close ally of the U.S. and we call on you to adopt a patient and more constructive approach toward a democratically elected government,” the letter states.