The US President’s special envoy Ambassador Richard Grenell held talks behind closed door at the US Embassy in Pristina with several Kosovo officials on Wednesday.
Grenell met separately with President Hashim Thaci, Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti, former Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo Isa Mustafa and outgoing Prime Minister Alliance for the Future of Kosovo leader Ramush Haradinaj. The only meeting open to the media was with Thaci and no statements were made to the media after the meetings.
A press release from the president’s cabinet said that Grenell expressed the hope that Kosovo and Serbia would find a solution. It added that Thaci and Grenell said that an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia would help the development of Kosovo and the region. “Kosovo will be constructive in the search for a solution which would open the door to development and the active participation of the US will be decisive,” the press release said.
Vetevendosje said in its press release that Grenell told Kurti that the fact that there is no agreement between Kosovo and Serbia is the biggest obstacle to foreign investments and quoted Kurti as saying that the main obstacle to investments is the high level of corruption in the government. Kurti also told the ambassador that content and process are more important than deadlines in reaching an agreement.
Grenell was appointed by US President Donald Trump as his special envoy to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue alongside career diplomat Matthew Palmer.