US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State to visit Belgrade today, Kosovo on the focus

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State to visit Belgrade today, Kosovo on the focus

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Matthew Palmer is expected to hold an official visit to Serbia today (Monday). Palmer will hold separate meetings with the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.

Serb media have reported that Kosovo will be on the focus of these meetings. Mr. Palmer is expected to bring a revised position of the United States for Kosovo.

In 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, the US deemed this issue to be solved, however, many things have changed since then.

The declarations made by US officials in the recent months have suggested that Washington’s position on Serbia is changing and that it’s willing to accept any deal struck by Belgrade and Pristina as long as it’s accepted by both sides.

This is also sustained by Palmer’s most recent statement, saying that for the US there are no red lines in the process of dialogue between the two countries. Nonetheless, according to him, this doesn’t mean that all options are open.

Let’s recall that the US senior official Palmer met the Serb president Aleksandar Vucic in October last year.

After this meeting, it was said that the US supports dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in order for the two countries to enter an agreement which would fully normalize their ties and that Washington would also support Serbia’s advancement in the EU path.

In a letter sent to the Serb president, Aleksandar Vucic, the US president, Donald Trump has demanded that Serbia recognize Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state.

In his letter, the US president states that America and Serbia must make sure that their partnership leads to peace. /ibna/