A special envoy of U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Kosovo on Wednesday three days after it held an election, in a new push to restart talks with Serbia to reach a final deal that would pave the way for Kosovo’s membership in the United Nations.
Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, declared independence in 2008, but this has not been recognized by Belgrade. Both countries have been strongly encouraged by the United States and EU to normalize their relations with each other.
Negotiations abruptly stopped a year ago when Kosovo imposed 100% import tariffs on goods produced in Serbia.
Kosovo will soon have a new government after a snap parliamentary election on Sunday. Albin Kurti, whose center-left Vetevendosje party narrowly won the most seats, has been given a mandate to form a government. He has said he would revoke the tariffs but impose other measures against Serbia.