German Chancellor Angela Merkel's foreign policy envoys are set to visit Pristina today and meet with top Kosovo leaders
Merkel’s foreign policy advisers, Jan Hecker and Matthias Lüttenberg, are expected to visit Kosovo today to discuss with Kosovo leaders on dialogue with Belgrade and tax imposed on Serbian goods. 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 a 100 percent tax on Serbian goods and resume dialogue with Belgrade. Hale called on Kosovo leaders to speak in one voice in order to strengthen Kosovo’s position in the EU-facilitated dialogue with Serbia.
In an interview with T7 and Gazeta Express, Hale 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 change of border along ethnic lines. Hale in general was reserved in his messages, and have not reflected what was reported in Kosovo media last week that the US is angered with Kosovo’s resistance to their request to suspend tax. Media in Pristina reported that the US is even considering withdrawal of its troops from Kosovo because of the tax on Serbian goods. Hale said in Pristina that it is up to Kosovo and Serbia to reach an agreement which would contribute to stability in the region. /GazetaExpress/