Serbia: 'I can't see anything positive' — Belgrade residents react to Kosovo agreement

Residents in Belgrade offered mixed reactions on Saturday, following a trilateral deal that was agreed between Serbia and Kosovo with the help of US President Trump. Trump announced on Friday that the leaders of Belgrade and Pristina will be signing a treaty to normalise economic relations between the two countries. «All of this seems problematic because nothing has been officially published yet about what exactly was signed. But from what I heard, I can't see anything particularly positive,» said Belgrade resident Bratislav, after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti began to work together. «Vucic is crazy for agreeing to that but considering who is running the country, we shouldn't be surprised about how things are going,» explained Boris, a Belgrade local. Other provisions of the deal include adding Hezbollah to a terrorist organisation list and working towards reconciliation by helping identify remains of victims from the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict. The countries have also pledged to and rehabilitate refugees from the area. As part of the agreement, Serbia also agreed to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2021, with Israel and Kosovo agreeing to mutually recognise each other and set up diplomatic ties. Serbia and Kosovo relations have been strained since the Kosovo war in the late 1990s which resulted in the then Yugoslavian forces pulling out of Kosovo and the territory proclaiming it's independence from Serbia in 2008.

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