Jan Hecker, the most important foreign policy adviser of Angela Merkel and her Balkan adviser Matthias Luttenberg, arrived in Belgrade on Monday evening where they were due to meet with the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
They will come here after Pristina, and will either tonight or tomorrow meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic “in order to try to lower tensions between Belgrade and Pristina,” according to the Belgrade-based daily Blic, which is citing diplomatic sources.
“This meeting is important because we are going to talk about the future of the dialogue and the relations of the two sides,” a source told the paper.
So far, there have been no press releases or any official announcements regarding the meeting.
According to the Kosovo media, the prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj met with Merkel’s Foreign Policy Advisors Jan Hecker and Matthias Luettenberg. They have discussed the dialogue with Serbia, internal consolidation of Kosovo and recent events in the country.
One of the topics brought up at the meeting was Pristina’s EU-Atlantic path, wrote Haradinaj on his Facebook profile.
According to Minister Haradinaj, the meeting was transparent, but he did not reveal any details.
The visit of the German senior officials came after the US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, David Hale visited Pristina last Saturday and urged Kosovo’s leaders to suspend the 100 per cent tax on Serbian goods and resume dialogue with Belgrade. Hale also said that “US commitment to Kosovo has not changed.” Hale also refused to comment whether the US will support a potential agreement between Kosovo and Serbia which involves the change of border along ethnic lines.
(Danas, Blic, 11.03.2019)
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