State Dept spokesman: Blinken won’t hesitate to help Kosovo dialogue

NEWS 23.08.2022 18:14
Entoni Blinken
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A State Department spokesman said on Tuesday that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken doesn’t hesitate if he feels that his engagement would get things moving forward in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

“If we feel that the Secretary’s engagement over the phone or in person is the indispensable ingredient to getting something like that over the finish line, Secretary Blinken doesn’t hesitate to pick up the phone and to have those conversations,” spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing.

He said that Washington is “deeply engaged” on Kosovo. “We’ve been deeply engaged as an observer to the EU-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. Just as I said last week, our understanding is that talks are ongoing. We are watching. We’re doing so in partnership with the EU. We’re encouraging both sides to use the dialogue effectively. It’s a dialogue that we very much support, and we think that it’s incumbent on both parties to use this opportunity to the fullest extent to advance their discussions on normalized relations centered on mutual recognition as well,” he said.

Price confirmed reports that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar will travel to Pristina and Belgrade “to continue to show our high-level interest and engagement in this issue”.