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The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) [1] in Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments in the Middle East and the Balkans. IFIMES analysed the separate agreements signed by Serbia and Kosovo with the United States on “economic normalization” and its implications. We provide the most interesting excerpts from a comprehensive analysis entitled “Agreement between the United States and Serbia 2020: a new era of political and economic relations between Serbia and the United States.” Mr Vucic also stressed that the Albanian side had committed, through its agreement with the United States, to join the “Mini Schengen”. “A kind of public relations event” Yet some regional analysts question the government`s commitment to deeply interfering in the complex policy of the Balkans. Some even see the white House signing ceremony as a desire for a foreign policy victory before the November election. “There has been no truly strategic approach or planning to resolve the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo, but a kind of very important public relations event for the campaign,” said Majda Ruge, Balkan analyst at the European Council on External Relations in Berlin. Trump is currently behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the polls, which is expected to be a tight presidential race. Marshall Harris, a former State Department official who served at U.S. embassies in the Balkans and then advised Senator Bob Dole (Republican-Kansas), said the deal was a step in the right direction, but that it did not reach the level of a ceremony in the Oval Office. “If you look at the agreement very closely, that`s not what the administration sold. It is not this huge foreign policy success,” he told RFE/RL. With regard to the above points, it is clear that what was signed on 4 September in the Oval Office is not a bilateral agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, but a mutual commitment on their part to serve Trump`s re-election in the November us presidential elections in the United States, as well as a commitment on their part to align with the foreign policy objectives of the United States.

Indeed, after the glittering signing ceremony, Trump tweeted in the Oval Office: “Another great day for peace with the Middle East – Kosovo and Muslim-majority Israel have agreed to normalize relations and establish diplomatic relations.

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