BELGRADE – Serbian president and Kosovo PM to visit Brussels on 7 September

EU high representative Josep Borrell, and the EU special envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajčak will host the next high-level meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti in Brussels on 7 September, the European External Action Service (EEAS) announced yesterday.

You can find more about today’s talks at the White House, here.

As part of the comprehensive agreement to normalise relations between Kosovo and Serbia, the meeting will address non-majority community arrangements, and the settlement of mutual financial claims. This weekend, ahead of the high-level meeting, EU Special Representative Lajčák will host the fourth expert-level meeting on the topics previously discussed, namely missing and displaced persons and economic cooperation,” the EEAS announced.

Ahead of the meeting in Brussels, the White House will host a two-day meeting between Serbia and Kosovo’s representatives starting on 3 September.

However, it still remains unclear whether US President Donald Trump will attend the meeting as the listed hosts are the US president’s special envoy for Belgrade-Priština dialogue, Richard Grenell, and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.

For Serbia and Kosovo, the delegations will be led by Vučić and Hoti respectively.

Hoti said yesterday that all the compromises Kosovo could have accepted were made when the country endorsed the plan of former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, and that for there to be a normalisation of relations with Serbia, mutual recognition would be the only way forward.

“This is the best moment ever for Kosovo to make its statehood complete,” Hoti told Kosovo’s media in Washington.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said yesterday that the talks in the White house would be difficult, but that “Washington is focused on the economy” rather than anything else.

(EURACTIV.rs  betabriefing.com)

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