Hoti and Vucic to hold "virtual summit" today

Kosovo and Serbia will on Friday (Jul 10) hold their first talks in 18 months on resolving one of Europe`s most intractable territorial disputes.

Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will hold a video summit that will also be joined by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

These discussions will be followed by more talks on Sunday between Hoti and Vucic at EU headquarters in Brussels.

Serbia has refused to recognize the independence Kosovo declared after the province broke away in the bloody 1998-99 war that was ended only by a NATO bombing campaign against Serb troops.

But both Kosovo and Serbia have been facing mounting pressure from the West to reboot negotiations, where resolving the impasse is seen as crucial for Belgrade's bid to join the EU.

Also online for the talks on Friday will be EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell and Miroslav Lajcak, the EU's special envoy for dialogue between Belgrade and Prishtina.

The video conference is due to get underway at 1030CET.