Serbia and Kosovo signed an agreement on economic cooperation

The leaders of Serbia and the partially recognized Republic of Kosovo have agreed to establish economic relations, U.S. Assistant to the President for National Security Robert O’Brien said.

“The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo are already making progress. Our conversations this morning focused on promoting economic ties and economic normalization. We look forward to further discussions this afternoon,” the White House National Security Council (NSC) quoted him on Twitter.

The signing of the agreement was preceded by meetings between U.S. President Donald Trump, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Avdullah Hoti, prime minister of the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija.

The leaders of the two countries are in Washington for two days of talks. The first round took place the day before, on September 3. In the United States, Vucic and Hoti noted that they had “made real progress” during the meeting.

Earlier that day, in the run-up to the summit, Vucic had rejected the point of talks on recognizing Kosovo’s independence. In response, Hoti emphasized that he would only discuss the issue of independence from Serbia at a meeting in Washington.

Kosovo is a partially recognized state in the Balkans. According to the Constitution of Serbia, it is considered an autonomy within the country. About 60 states, including Russia, China, Spain and Greece, have not recognized the Republic.