• March 7, 2021
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Biden encourages Vucic to recognize Kosovo

US President Joe Biden has said the United States remains steadfast in its support for Serbia’s European integration, but has called for reforms and an agreement with Kosovo that includes mutual recognition.

“We encourage you to continue to take difficult steps to achieve that goal, including implementing the necessary reforms and reaching a comprehensive normalization agreement with Kosovo, which focuses on mutual recognition,” said a letter to President Biden. sent to the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vuiqi. on the occasion of the Serbian Citizenship Day, which is celebrated on February 15. The letter was published on the official website of the Serbian presidency.

US President Joe Biden and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on August 16, 2016. At the time, Biden was US Vice President.
US President Joe Biden has said the United States remains steadfast in its support for Serbia’s European integration, but has called for reforms and an agreement with Kosovo that includes mutual recognition.

“We encourage you to continue to take difficult steps to achieve that goal, including implementing the necessary reforms and reaching a comprehensive normalization agreement with Kosovo, which focuses on mutual recognition,” said a letter to President Biden. sent to the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vuiqi. on the occasion of the Serbian Citizenship Day, which is celebrated on February 15. The letter was published on the official website of the Serbian presidency.

What did Vucic say about the American request?
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vuiqiiq, said that even in Washington there have been attempts to impose “mutual recognition” as a final solution, but it is his duty to protect Serbian interests and that Citizenship Day (February 15) is more important. than the wishes of Albanians and Americans ”.

“I accepted the wish, thank you. As for recognition, it is not mentioned in any document. We understand that this is new American policy. There have been attempts to impose this phrase. I have told them in the face what I think about it and my attitude will not change. “It is clear that their goal is not to reach an agreement but to humiliate Serbia to the end,” Vucic said on Sunday during a visit to a Serbian army barracks in Pancevo.

Kosovo and Serbia, mediated by the European Union, have been holding talks since 2011. The dialogue is said to be aimed at normalizing relations and reaching a comprehensive agreement on normalizing relations.

Serbia calls them technical talks and refuses to discuss recognition, while Kosovo insists that mutual recognition be included in a possible agreement.

Serbian President Vucic and Kosovo’s caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Hoti last met in July 2020. The EU, as mediator in the process, has said there will be no new rounds of talks until new institutions to emerge in Kosovo from the early parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to be held on February 14.

On September 4, 2020, Kosovo and Serbia signed at the White House in Washington, two documents for the normalization of economic relations, in the presence of former US President Donald Trump. They were mediated by then-Trump envoy for dialogue Richard Grenell.

Following the US presidential election, Pristina and Belgrade have pledged to continue implementing the agreements, despite a change in US administration. (EvropaElire)