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Serbia's FM: Belgrade priorities are Kosovo and European integrations

January 13, 2020

The key foreign policy priorities of Serbia are the European integrations and the country's full European Union membership, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told diplomats on Monday, N1 reported on Monday.

He added Belgrade expected Zagreb to primarily support the enlargement policy during six months of Croatia's Council of Europe Presidency.

Dacic also said Serbia's priority would be to preserve its territorial integrity and that he hoped that Belgrade and Pristina would resume the dialogue on the normalisation of relations during 2020 which had been on hold for over a year.

"The EU-Western Balkans Summit planned for May in Zagreb should have a concrete result in the methodology of the accession process," Dacic told the foreign diplomats at the New Year's cocktail.

He added that the countries like Serbia which had opened over half of the negotiating chapters "should know the dynamics of the process with clear political support."

Dacic reminded the guests that 17 countries had withdrawn the decision to recognise Kosovo's independence, adding that over a half of the UN member states now did not treat former Serbia's province as an independent country.

He said Serbia was ready to continue the dialogue and that Belgrade was working hard with all its international partners to go back to the process as soon as possible.

Dacic added that Belgrade preserved the high level of political and economic relations with the South-Eastern European countries in 2019, recalling the joint sessions with the Slovenian and Hungarian governments.

As especially important events, Dacic mentioned the Third meeting of the High Council of Serbia and Greece and the signing of the Joint Declaration on the two countries strategic partnership.

"Serbia also initiated the so-called 'mini Schengen,' a regional zone of free movements of people, goods, services and capital," Dacic said.

He also said that the bilateral cooperation last year included visits to Serbia by foreign ministers from 21 countries and that he had been in 33 states around the world.

Dacic particularly mentioned the visit by the French President Emmanuel Macron and meetings with the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin as well as the improvement of the relations with the US and the strategic partnership with China as the results of Belgrade open foreign policy.

"Serbia also continues to re-establish links with old friends in Africa and the Middle East," Dacic added,  

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a560111/Serbia-s-priority-is-European-integrations.html

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