President Trump has successfully brokered a historic deal between Serbia and Kosovo which will normalize the economic relationship between the two Balkan nations in what Trump described as a “major breakthrough.”
Fox News reported on Friday that President Trump personally oversaw the signing of an agreement between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti in which economic ties between the two nations will be normalized. Kosovo has also agreed to recognize Israel and Serbia agreed to move its embassy to Jerusalem as part of the deal.
Trump said that The Belgrade-Pristina deal is “truly historic” and that he is “looking forward to going to both countries in the not too distant future.”
This announcement comes just weeks after Trump also brokered a historic peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Kosovo, a mainly Muslim country that declared independence from Serbia in 2008, refused to recognize Israel until this point. In turn, Serbia has also refused to recognize Kosovo as a sovereign nation to this point, causing tensions to run high in the Balkans for over a decade.
Both Hoti and Vucic hailed the deal as a major step forward in achieving stability and peace in the region. “We haven’t resolved all our problems, but this is a huge step forward,” said Vucic. “This is a great moment for the region,” Hoti confirmed.
The European Union has been attempting to mediate talks in order to achieve a deal for more than a decade but was unsuccessful until President Trump intervened.
Trump administration officials expressed hope on Friday that this deal will help Kosovo and Serbia to smooth over political relations in addition to economic relations in the near future.