The European Union had mediated talks for more than a decade.
President Trump on Friday oversaw the signing of an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo that normalizes economic relations between the two countries — and also includes Kosovo recognizing Israel, and Serbia agreeing to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
The Belgrade-Pristina deal was signed by their two leaders – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti – in front of Trump in the Oval Office, with Trump describing it as a “major breakthrough.”
“Truly, it is historic,” Trump said. “I look forward to going to both countries in the not too distant future.”
The deal came just weeks after Trump announced an agreement had been reached between the United Arab Emirates and Israel on opening up relations between the two countries.
The U.S. moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018 after recognizing Jerusalem as its capital a year earlier, and has urged countries to do the same. Until now, Kosovo, a mainly Muslim country, had not recognized Israel.
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WNU Editor: This is a huge agreement, and one that has not received the media coverage that it deserves. The European Union tried for a decade to accomplish what President Trump was able to accomplish in a very short period of time …. the normalization of ties between Serbia and Kosovo. There are still a lot of issues that need to be resolved between the two countries, but focusing on jobs and economic growth between the two is a very good start. I will admit that I was surprised by this announcement today. I did not expect it, and I have been following the Serbia – Kosovo conflict for almost 21 years.
Kosovo, Serbia Agree To Normalize Economic Ties Following Talks In Washington — RFE
Trump lauds economic steps between Serbia and Kosovo — Reuters
Serbia and Kosovo sign economic normalization agreement in Oval Office ceremony — CNN
Serbia and Kosovo normalize economic relations in U.S.-brokered deal — CBS/AP
Serbia, Kosovo to open Israel embassies in Jerusalem — CNBC/Reuters