Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sept. 3 that the outcome of the White House meeting depends on what each side expects from it.
“During the preparations for this meeting, as far as [Serbian President Aleksandar] Vucic has told me, only the shaping of an economic framework was discussed. In other words, anything that could go under the normalization of our relations, all that relates to everyday life of the people: the infrastructure, road infrastructure, railway infrastructure, reinstitution of the freedom of movement in terms of goods, people, capital,” Dacic told the RTS public service.
He said that the U.S. would not have organized such a meeting if Pristina had not agreed to it.
Dacic said that if it even occurs to anyone to pressure Serbia into yielding and recognizing Kosovo’s independence with some hidden agenda of their own, Vucic will respond in a way that is in the best national and state interest of Serbia.
A two day meeting between Serbia and Kosovo at the White House, hosted by the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy Richard Grenell and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, is scheduled to begin on Sept. 3. Aleksandar Vucic is to lead the Serbian side, while Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti will be there on behalf of Pristina.