Europe

Kosovo allows Serb premier's visit ahead of election

Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 27, 2017. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool photo via AP)

Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 27, 2017. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Kosovo's foreign minister says Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic can visit the country this week to meet with the ethnic Serb minority there.

Enver Hoxhaj on Tuesday said that Vucic, a candidate in Serbia's presidential elections this Sunday, is being allowed "as a sign of good will to international friends like Germany and the European Union."

Pristina and Belgrade are holding EU-brokered talks to reconcile their differences. They have agreed to give each other advance notice of planned visits by their respective government representatives.

In January Pristina denied a request from Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to visit Kosovo.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Serbia has not recognized it.