Trump Applauds U.S. for Brokering Flights Between Rivals Serbia and Kosovo

Breitbart | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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President Donald Trump celebrated “another win” on Monday by announcing the U.S. State Department had helped broker direct airline flights between Serbia and Kosovo.

“Everyone said it couldn’t be done!” the president declared on Twitter, applauding White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell for making it happen:

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Germany’s Deutsche Welle agreed the deal was a “diplomatic milestone,” assuming everything is implemented as agreed:

The deal, brokered by the United States in an effort to normalize relations between the two countries, would see the first flights between the two since 1998, when war broke out in Kosovo between Serbian security forces and ethnic Albanian insurgents, aided by NATO and Albania.

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The air link between Belgrade and Pristina is set to be provided by Eurowings, German Lufthansa Group’s low-cost subsidiary. However, there were no details on when the flights would begin. The distance between the cities is around 520 kilometers (323 miles) and takes around 5.5 hours by car.

The deal, signed on Monday at the US Embassy in Berlin, “marks another step in our efforts to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia,” said Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in a statement.

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Ambassador Grenell, who served as a special envoy between Serbia and Kosovo while the air travel deal was negotiated, said President Trump “once again led us to an historic victory” by moving Serbia closer to formally recognizing Kosovo.

“What we heard from the business community in Kosovo and from the business community in Serbia is we want a more normalized commerce structure and we need a flight. It’s the reason why we went after trying to figure out how do we make a direct flight for the first time in a generation,” Grenell told the New York Times on Tuesday.

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Grenell also thanked Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Serbian Prime...
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