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Serb PM Due To Visit Kosovo

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is due on January 14 to visit Kosovo, whose independence Serbia refuses to recognize.

According to Belgrade, Vucic and his delegation will visit Serb enclaves to mark Orthodox New Year.

No meetings with Kosovo leaders, however, are planned.

Kosovo's Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci said Pristina approved the visit which he described as both "humanitarian and religious" in nature.

Interaction between Belgrade and Pristina has improved since their relations were normalized in 2013 under an agreement brokered by the European Union.

Vucic's itinerary has him visiting the towns of Pasjane, Strpce and Gracanica in the country of nearly two million, which has a Serbian minority of about 120,000.

The premier's entourage will also include Serbia's ministers of defense, interior, justice, and health.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008 following a 1998-99 war.

Based on reporting by AFP

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