Blinken meets Borrell, discuss Western Balkans

The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met in Washington the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell and among other issues also discussed U.S.-EU partnership in the Western Balkans.

“The Secretary expressed appreciation for the EU’s continuing unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans and commitment to the enlargement process, and he emphasized the need to move forward on accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia,” a statement issued by the State Department reads.

At the same time, the EU said in a statement that the two officials “underlined the importance of EU-facilitated Dialogue in addressing issues related to the comprehensive normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo and, referring to recent developments, highlighted the need for de-escalation and re-engagement in negotiations. They agreed to further strengthen their cooperation on these matters.”