Former foes Kosovo and Serbia have agreed on a historic pact to normalize economic relations, US President Donald Trump announced Friday at the White House.
“A really historic day,” Trump said, with Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic sitting beside him in the Oval Office.
“Serbia and Kosovo have announced economic cooperation on a broad range of issues.”
Serbia and its former territory, which declared independence in 2008, remain bitter over a bloody war fought two decades ago.
The European Union failed for almost a decade to broker a thaw in relations.
The United States effort focused on commerce and business, on the other hand, with Serbian negotiators insisting they would not go so far as recognizing Kosovo as a fully-fledged state.
“It took decades because you didn’t have anybody trying to receive it done,” Trump said of the deal.
“There used to be numerous fighting and now there’s numerous love.”
Vucic said Trump had done a “great job” and praised america president’s commitment to the region, inviting him to visit Serbia.