19. April 2017

FM "reiterates strategic commitment to EU membership"

First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Wednesday in Belgrade received a delegation of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). The delegation was led by one of the co-chairs of this NGO, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, the Serbian government announced. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the topics discussed at the meeting included "political and economic situation in the region and Serbia, as well as the process of European integration of Serbia." Dacic "reiterated that our country is strategically committed to membership in the European Union, and both sides concluded that Serbia is a source of stability in the region." Dacic also "briefed his interlocutors on the recent presidential election in Serbia and assured them that Serbia will continue with the current policy, based on European integration and good relations with its neighbors." ECFR is an international think-tank, founded in 2007, which aims to be a forum for exchange of views and ideas on key issues of international relations from a European perspective, the Serbian government said on its website. The delegation included President of the Center for Liberal Strategies Ivan Krastev, British diplomat and former adviser to the European External Action Service (and mediator in technical dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina) Robert Cooper, Program Director at the ECFR Sofia Office Vesela Cerneva, director and founder of ECFR Mark Leonard and Director of the Wider Europe Program (one of the areas of research of ECFR) Fredrik Wesslau. @b92

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