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Richard Grenell, the president`s special envoy for the Serbia-Kosovo peace talks, and other U.S. officials visited Kosovo and Serbia a few weeks after the signing ceremony to discuss U.S. investment opportunities and advance the economic agreement. The delegation brought together high-level representatives from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, the U.S. Development Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The State Department said increased U.S. private sector participation and investments in Serbia and Kosovo, made possible by the agreement, would help counter Chinese and Russian influence in those countries. After the signing, however, Vucic said the pact was a bilateral agreement with the United States, not Kosovo, in an effort to fend off criticism in his own country that an agreement with his former province would be interpreted as recognition. Damon Wilson, vice-president of the Atlantic Council, said political issues “cannot be buried.” “At the end of the day, it is a comprehensive resolution, a regulation that provides for normalization,” he told VOA Albanian this week. Victory of the diplomatic pre-election? The announcement appears to be a diplomatic victory for Mr. Trump ahead of November`s presidential election.

“This meeting is now part of Trump`s campaign, with the White House seeking a foreign policy achievement that produces an event and photography opportunity for President Trump as a peace mediator,” said Majda Ruge, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the European Council for Foreign Relations Wilson. , stated that Kosovo and Serbia were not making headlines in the United States. “This is not exactly the main issue for voters in our country and it is not likely that it is really too much integrated into the electoral calculations in this sense,” he said. While it is still early to say what the impact of a change in the White House would be on this issue, the policy of democratic and Republican governments toward the Balkans generally has a “sense of continuity,” Wilson said. “We want to see that there is a bipartisan commitment to U.S. engagement in the Western Balkans, and that`s something we want to promote and support,” he said. VoA correspondents Patsy Widakuswara, Burim Goxhuli of the Albanian VOA service, Milan Nesic and Ivana Konstantinovic of the Serbian VOA service contributed to the report. Serbia`s refusal to recognize Kosovo`s independence, which it unilaterally proclaimed in 2008, is at the heart of the dispute between the former enemies.

Most Western nations, including the United States, have recognized Kosovo. Neither Russia nor China. Comments from Vucic and Hotis in Washington on this subject show that the road ahead is difficult. Mr Hoti said he saw the economic agreement as a step towards recognition. “We see this as a big step towards a definitive solution, which is mutual recognition. I have stated publicly that this represents a great success for us in reaching an agreement with Serbia,” he told VOA. A kind of public relations event” Yet some regional analysts question the government`s commitment to deeply interfering in the complex policy of the Balkans. Some even see the white House signing ceremony as a desire for a foreign policy victory before the November election.

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