Washington calls Belgrade, Pristina to continue dialogue

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Source: Tanjug / Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP

The US administration called Belgrade and Pristina to continue their dialogue, the Voice of America said on Friday.

The VOA quoted State Department spokesman Ned Price who said that Washington, in partnership with the European Union, is carefully following the dialogue and encouraging both sides to use if efficiently and to continue it.

Price said that Washington fully supports the dialogue but added that the discussion on normalizing relations based on the assumption of mutual recognition needs to be promoted.

I assure you that the dialogue has the full attention of US officials and is an issue that Secretary Blinken has been dealing with for some time, a priority … both on the ground and in the US, Price is quoted as saying.

Former US envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Richard Grenell said in a Twitter post that Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti rejected every idea put forward by the EU and US so far, adding that the EU is really frustrated which is why EU officials called Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to stay on and keeping trying to find a solution.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti have been meeting in Burssels with EU officials in a top-level round of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue which is set to continue on Friday.