Kosovo and Serbia have agreed to create rail and motorway links between the two countries in a huge diplomatic step for the region.
Representatives of both Balkan states signed a letter of intent on Friday during the Munich Security Conference.
The deal is the latest efforts to restore relations between the countries, which were torn apart in the 1998-99 Kosovo War that killed over 10,000 people and left more than one million homeless.
Another milestone! First, the deal on air traffic & today we signed the deal on railways & highways b/w Kosovo and Serbia. Thank you @realDonaldTrump for your leadership, and @RichardGrenell for the resolve. A great step towards reaching a final peace agreement b/w two countries pic.twitter.com/ujmNXf71fS
— Hashim Thaçi (@HashimThaciRKS) February 14, 2020
Срећан сам што видим данас напредак и много хвала председнику Трампу @POTUS и @RichardGrenell у име Србије, јер осећамо да ћемо од овога имати бољу будућност и да ћемо осигурати мир за наредне деценије.
– потписано Писмо о намерама за обнову железничког саобраћаја између БГ и ПР pic.twitter.com/3FtwKWbNMR
— Александар Вучић (@avucic) February 14, 2020
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but is not recognised by Belgrade.
The new agreement comes just weeks after the two countries agreed to resume direct flights between Pristina and Belgrade for the first time in more than two decades.
Both leaders thanked US President Donald Trump and US envoy for the negotiations, Richard Grenell, for their support and “resolve” in improved relations between the two countries.