US calls on Kosovo to abolish taxes on Serbia and BiHAdriatic Journal 27 November 2018
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Kosovo authorities to abolish taxes on imported goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In a conversation with Kosovo president Hashim Thaci, Pompeo said the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is the only way for “further integration of both countries into the western community” and added the United States is ready to help and support both to achieve a lasting solution. In a response, adviser to Kosovo’s prime minister Ramush Haradinaj and a representative of Priština’s institutions in dialogue with Belgrade, Avni Arifi, said Kosovo government would rather fall than reverse its decision on import taxes, B92 reports. The situation continues to escalate with mayors from four Serbian municipalities resigning from their posts, practically halting all communications with Priština authorities.
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