10.09.2020. - 18:27
Meeting with the ambassadors of the Višegrad Group countries
President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today in Belgrade with the ambassadors of the Višegrad Group countries and informed them about the most important points of the Washington agreement, such as the implementation of the mini-Schengen initiative and the opening of the International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) office in Belgrade. They also discussed ways to improve further the constructive cooperation between Serbia and V4 members, as well as other relevant issues in the field of regional and international policy.
President Vučić also informed the Ambassadors of the Czech Republic Tomas Kuhta, the Slovak Republic Fedor Rosocha, Hungary Attila Pinter and the Republic of Poland Rafał Perl about the course of the talks in Brussels, emphasising that the EU's role in mediating the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština remains crucial and that Serbia is ready to participate in the continuation of the talks actively.
"The agreement in Washington was reached to normalise economic relations with Priština, which should lead to economic prosperity, but also to a better life for the Serbian and Albanian citizens," said President Vučić, adding that Serbia would "conduct a dialogue with Priština in good faith and with the expectation that its result will be a sustainable and mutually acceptable agreement."
The President pointed out that Serbia's membership in the European Union remains Serbia's strategic goal and long-term commitment.
"We are grateful for the strong support we have in the process of European integration from the Višegrad Group member states, whose experience we consider invaluable," said President Vučić, adding that talks in this format "open up new opportunities for exchange of views and encouragement of further activities."
President Vučić pointed out that Serbia particularly respects the approach of the Višegrad Group towards the Western Balkans, bearing in mind that this topic is one of the priorities for V4, among other vital issues that Europe is facing today.
"We believe that the agreement on cooperation between the International Višegrad Fund and the Western Balkans Fund is an indicator of friendly relations between the V4 and the Western Balkans region, which together promote the socio-economic development of this part of Europe," said President Vučić.
He notably emphasised that Serbia remains fully committed to the reform process and the improvement of all performances of our society, especially in the field of democratisation and the rule of law.
"Serbia stands for peace and stability in the region, as well as for the improvement of regional cooperation, while respecting the concluded agreements," stressed President Vučić and added that in that sense, the Višegrad Group is an exceptional partner of Serbia and the Western Balkans.
The V4 ambassadors agreed that the EU enlargement policy is the best mechanism for achieving stability and prosperity in the Western Balkans, and pointed out that the V4 will continue to actively support Serbia in the accession process, bearing in mind our country's commitment to reforms and adoption of European values and standards in all areas relevant to the well-being of citizens.
10th September 2020