Belgrade & Pristina reps to meet at White House on September 2; EU welcomes move

Belgrade & Pristina reps to meet at White House on September 2; EU welcomes move

Belgrade & Pristina reps to meet at White House on September 2; EU welcomes move Izvor: Printscreen

The leaders from Belgrade and Pristina are due to meet in Washington on September 2, according to the US President Donald Trump's Special Envoy for the dialogue on the normalisation of relations Richard Grenell's tweet on Friday.

 That will be the second Grenell's attempt to have Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti face to face at the White House, after Pristina cancelled the first meeting on June 27,due to the announcement of war crime charges against Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci.

The European Commission (EC) welcomed the announced Belgarde - Pristina meeting at the White House. "Regarding the third parties' involvement in the EU-facilitated dialogue to help Serbia and Kosovo reach an agreement on the normalisation of relations, we welcome all such initiatives," Nabila Massrali, an EU spokesperson for foreign nd security polices, said on Friday. "We welcome the US support of the dialogue under the EU auspices," she said.

 Grenell did not reveal the details of the meeting. Both Hoti and Vucic confirmed they would take place, adding the discussion would focus on the economic issues.

ričard grenel Izvor: THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP

 Vucic said he did not expect the meeting to be an easy one.

"Serbia is not in a position, and that wouldn't be a good decision to reject the talks. We will take part, and the discussion will be about the economic issue. Hoti has also confirmed that," Vucic told the pro-regime Pink TV on Friday.

He said the meeting at the White Hous would be yet another chance for Kosovo to present itself as an independent country. Both Washington and Brussels see it as such, but "Serbia won't treat it in the same way."

Vucic and Hoti had a tête-à-tête meeting in Brussels on July 16, mediated by the European Union special envoy Miroslav Lajčák.

They both confirmed the topics included the missing and displaced people and economy.

The Belgrade – Pristina dialogue resumed in Julyafter it was suspended in November 2018, after Pristina introduced the 100 percent import duties on goods from Serbia in retaliation for Belgrade's campaign against Kosovo's Interpol membership.

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