Biden encourages mutual recognition in a letter congratulating Vucic on Serbian Statehood Day

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The US President, Joseph Biden sent a letter of congratulations on the occasion of Statehood Day of Serbia to his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. In the letter, Biden noted that the US and Serbia are commemorating 140 years of partnership which is based on deep ties between the two peoples. He also encouraged Serbia to take “hard steps” toward European integration, including, as he wrote, a comprehensive normalization agreement with Kosovo centered on mutual recognition.

We publish the US President’s letter of congratulations below.

On behalf of the American people, I extend my sincere congratulations to you and your fellow citizens on the occasion of the Statehood Day of Serbia on February 15.

As we commemorate 140 years of partnership between our two countries, the United States maintains its enduring commitment to promoting economic cooperation, regional stability, and democratic values.

We remain steadfast in our support for Serbia’s goal of European integration and encourage you to continue taking the hard steps forward to reach that aim – including instituting necessary reforms and reaching a comprehensive normalization agreement with Kosovo centered on mutual recognition.

The strength of our relations is built on a deep history of people-to-people ties, fighting as allies in both World Wars, and we celebrate the great contributions Serbians have made to American society across many fields.

We also value our close cooperation in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic as we jointly confront this unprecedented global challenge.

I look forward to working with you to deepen the bonds of friendship between our countries and to strengthen the relationship between Serbia and the United States. I wish you and the people of Serbia a joyful celebration.

The part of Joseph Biden’s letter of congratulations referring to mutual recognition has already stirred reactions, both in Belgrade and Pristina.

Vucic said that the Statehood Day of Serbia „is much more important than the Albanian and American wishes“ and that “the US wants the total humiliation of Serbia“. He underlined that he has already said what he thinks of it in the White House and that he will not agree to it.

On the other hand, messages of gratitude are arriving from Pristina. PDK leader Enver Hoxhaj was among the first to thank Biden for „pointing out the need to reach a final agreement based on mutual recognition“.

The acting Kosovo Prime Minister, Avdullah Hoti also thanked Biden, noting that the United States remains the most powerful Kosovo ally, and that „only good news for Kosovo“ continues to arrive from the White House.



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