U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, confirms that the US will be actively involved in the EU-brokered dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels.

“Whatever the format is, we will help and support,” he said.

At the same time, Serbia will need to accept the independence of Kosovo, its former province, in order to join the European Union, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel reiterated in Pristina on Wednesday.

Gabriel said he had given the same message to Serbian officials in Belgrade earlier on Wednesday.

Serbia aims to join the EU by 2025, a date set by Brussels as it looks to bring Western Balkan nations into its fold.

Serbian officials are hoping recognition of Kosovo will not be a key condition for EU membership, and the defence minister, Aleksandar Vulin, said Belgrade and Pristina should partition Kosovo.

Gabriel said his country would help to get Kosovo recognised by the five EU member states that have yet to do so – Spain, Romania, Cyprus, Greece and Slovakia.

“Naturally, enabling membership of the European Union is the end goal. One of the conditions for that will be to persuade the five European Union countries which don’t recognize Kosovo that such a recognition makes sense because Kosovo will never again be a part of Serbia.”

“Membership of the European Union is a win-win situation for all,” he said.