On 19 October 2020, the Serbian and Kosovar governments obtained a plan to create a joint committee for the search for the remains of approximately 1600 Albanians and ethnic Serbs who have disappeared since the Kosovo conflict from 1998 to 1999.  “We are committed to working together to improve people`s lives and create new jobs in the region. And we believe entirely in your [Trump] administration. We share the same values of freedom, democracy and an open market economy. That is why we look forward to starting to implement this agreement as soon as possible,” Hoti said. Robert O`Brien, Trump`s national security adviser, who, along with Richard Grenell, Trump`s special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia peace talks, moderated the talks at the White House, adopted an optimistic tone about the way forward for the countries. “I think today it`s about normalizing economic relations. And this is really a fantastic step for both peoples, both Kosovo and Serbia. It took a lot of effort. I think it`s a first step,” O`Brien said. Grenell said it remained to be seen “whether the focus on the economy and job creation can `annihilate` the political demands of both sides.” I think one of the big parts of this agreement is that we will have a freeze on recognition and withdrawal campaigns in the course of next year.
This means that next year we will be able to see how job growth and job creation in the region are really effective. And then in a year, judge us based on where the political process is going,” Grenell said. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump`s rival in the US presidential election, responded to a VOA question about the deal by saying that “normalizing relations between countries one. Overall, and in almost all cases, this is a good thing,” he stressed, “Kosovo should be an independent country. Not a part of Serbia. “A new approach? == Efforts to get Kosovo and Serbia to agree on cooperation on a number of economic fronts to attract investment and create jobs were led by Grenell, who called the economic approach a “reversal of the script” and focused on incentives for citizens of both countries. especially young people, to create. Grenell Friday paid tribute to Trump for a “creative” approach, stressing that the deal could not have been reached by Washington insiders stranded for years. “I`m telling you that the only way this deal could have been made came from an outsider,” Grenell said at a news conference with O`Brien and Trump`s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The agreement includes rail and transit agreements, including one that would pave the way for the first flight between Pristina and Belgrade, the capitals of both countries, in 21 years.
On Monday, Hoti and Vucic are due to travel to Brussels, where the European Union has been playing a mediator between Kosovo and Serbia for more than a decade. U.S. officials have been in close contact with EU officials on the issue of normalizing economic relations between Serbia and Kosovo, Grenell said Friday. .