The US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for Belgrade – Pristina dialogue Richard Grenell said the implementation of the agreement the two sides signed at the White House on September 4 was a priority of Trump’s administration.
He accompanied the delegation of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in its visit in Pristina and Belgrade. Started from September 21, the DFC delegation headed by the executive director Adam Bohler has a five days trip to Greece, Kosovo, Serbia and Israel to improve the economic cooperation and development.
A part of the deal is Kosovo and Serbia cooperation with the DFC and the US Export-Import (EXIM) Bank on a memorandum of understanding for the realization of the ‘Motorway of Peace,’ (Autoput Mira), the railway connections Pristina – Merdare, and Nis – Pristina, and a provision of loan financing of small and medium-sized companies, additional bilateral projects, and the DFC permanent presence in Belgrade.
DFC Executive Director Adam Bohler and EXIM Bank Director Kimberly Reed, who will also be part of the US government delegation, signed letters of intent with Serbia and Kosovo on September 22, to help finance the construction of the ‘Motorway of Peace’ between Nis and Pristina. The content of an agreement that the head of the DFC delegation signed with Hoti has not been made public but quoted Hoti who said that continues on the White House Agreement signed earlier this month in Washington by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Hoti.
Grenell met with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and was presented with a presidential medal for his contribution to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.
The US delegation arrived in Belgrade on September 22 and was welcomed on the international airport by the president Alexander Vucic and the prime minister Ana Brnabic. DFC and Serbia will realize infrastructural projects worth 3.7 billion dollars, said Zorana Mihajlovic, Minister of Construction, Transport, and Infrastructure.
She added the opening of the DFC office in Belgrade was also politically important, and that Vucic’s visit to the US crucial for 130-year-long bilateral relations between Serbia and USA.