The White House responds to Grenell who asked for a presidential emissary for the Kosovo-Serbia talks
The White House will not appoint a special emissary for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.
The White House official told Pavlovic Today on Monday that President Biden has “two confirmed ambassadors in the region who are actively working on this issue in close cooperation with the EU.”
This response comes from the White House after the request submitted by the former American envoy, Richard Grenell, who last week called on Joe Biden to “speed up” and appoint a presidential envoy for Serbia and Kosovo, Rhewal reports.
“What we need now is diplomacy with muscle,” Grenell said.
“There are many individuals within the foreign policy community who have that gravitas, who have that ability to get into the Oval Office, that Joe Biden appreciates. Those people should raise their hands and volunteer.”
Grenell had said that he is concerned that the Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti “rejected all the ideas of the EU and the USA” and asked President Biden to bring the American leadership, which he said is so necessary in Balkans
On Tuesday morning in Belgrade, the American ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill, will meet with the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vučić.
According to State Department spokesman Ned Price, the emissary for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar will travel in the coming days to Belgrade and Pristina “to show our high level of interest and commitment in this matter”.
But Price has also said that the American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, does not hesitate to be personally involved in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue if he deems it necessary.