Vucic and Hoti to Borell: Belgrade and Pristina common goal is EU integration

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Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti issued a joint statement saying Belgrade and Pristina shared priorities which were the integration with the European Union and working on normalising relations under the EU auspices.

„On the occasion of the continuation of the EU Facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Avdulah Hoticonfirmed to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, that they attach the highest priority to EU integration and to continuing the work on the EU-facilitated Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue which is a key element of their respective EU paths,“ the European External Action (EEAS) website published on Monday.

It added that „they also committed to redoubling their efforts to ensure further EU alignment in accordance with their respective obligations. In this respect, the recently agreed documents in Washington, D.C., building on previous Dialogue-related commitments undertaken by the two parties, could provide a useful contribution to reaching a comprehensive, legally binding agreement on normalisation of relations.“

Borell said that Serbia and Kosovo differed in their stands, but that their leaders tried to find a joint basis for „working on a comprehensive normalisation, dealing with the issues of an extraordinary significance.“

Vucic and Hoti resume talks in Brussels on Monday under the EU auspices after their meetings in the White House witnessed by the US President Donald Trump.