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Ambassador Grenell welcomes 'Mini-Schengen' Initiative

Latest update: 18/11/2019 - 16:27
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The current U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who is also the Special Envoy for Peace Negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia, has welcomed the regional initiative for the creation of a 'Mini-Schengen' in the Western Balkans.

According to a statement, published by the Official Website of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin "A 'Mini-Schengen' in the Western Balkans is a good way to start the free movement of goods, services, and people."

The statement read, “We believe that for this initiative to be successful, it must include everyone in the region, including the Government of Kosovo. The Trump Administration, is focused on helping the entire region create economic opportunities and jobs for young people.”

The “Mini-Schengen” in the Western Balkans, is a joint initiative between Albania, North Macedonia, and Serbia to create a free transit area. The initiative was announced by Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia, along with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia, this October.

PM Rama pledged to work for a "Balkans without borders" and urged Kosovo to join the initiative, as soon as possible.

 

In addition, the Chairman of the Self-Determination Party Mr. Albin Kurti, who is within reach of becoming Kosovo's new Prime Minister said, that prior to undertaking such a regional initiative, Albania should have at least waited for the creation of a new Government in Pristina. 

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