Grenell meets Thaci and Vucic in Munich

The U.S. Special Envoy for Kosovo-Serbia negotiations, Richard Grenell, met separately last night the Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, both of whom are in Munich for the annual security conference.

Following the meeting, Thaci is reported to have said that new agreements between Kosovo and Serbia are expected.

“We will move to new agreements following that on Prishtina-Belgrade flights. We will have other engagements for the railway line. We will work as institutions to reach a final agreement as two independent states. It is a fact that we have a U.S.-backed dynamic, things that were not imagined two decades ago are happening,” Thaci said.

Thaci at the same time addressed criticism of the EU for not granting Kosovo visa liberalization.

“Kosovo feels disappointed and betrayed by the EU because Kosovo has fulfilled all its obligations and there is no visa liberalization. The EU has no political decision because of the lack of unity among EU states,” he said.
On social media, Thaci wrote: "Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia has taken on a new dynamic thanks to the engagement of the United States of America and appointment of Ambassador Richard Grenell as President Trump's Special Envoy for the process.

"In today's meeting in Munich with Ambassador Grenell, we discussed agreements reached so far and future steps towards a final agreement for recognition and Kosovo's membership in the UN.

"Kosovo is lucky to have this attention of the U.S., therefore it is vital to undertake all necessary steps to reach a final agreement and conclude the dialogue."

Vucic meanwhile thanked the U.S. for insisting on Kosovo dropping the import tariff. “We had an open and honest conversation. It is of great importance that the Americans insist on the removal of the tariff. I am grateful to Richard Grenell, Mike Pompeo, and President Trump for insisting on the tariffs being urgently dropped so that our negotiations with Pristina can continue,” he said.

Vucic also said that the framework agreement on the railway line between Prishtina and Belgrade will be signed today in Munich.