June 14, 2016
Aleksandar

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Monday met with the U.S. ambassador to Serbia and the head of the EU delegation in Belgrade.

The meeting was held behind closed doors. There were not plans for Vucic, Kyle Scott and Michael Davenport to address the media afterwards.

Instead, the prime minister’s cabinet issued a statement. It remains unknown whether U.S. and EU officials will also address the public in some way.

“The U.S. ambassador and the EU ambassador jointly underlined their strong support to economic and political reforms of the government of Serbia, as well as to the prime minister’s goal to prepare Serbia for joining the EU in 2020,” the statement said, among other things.

Journalists were only allowed to see Vucic welcome Scott and Davenport, and express his condolences over a mass shooting in the U.S. city of Orlando.

The meeting was organized several days after the European Commission denied Scott and Davenport were sponsors of a conspiracy against the Serbian government.

Daily Politika reported on Monday that Vucic had canceled his trip to Brussels planned for June 21, as well as all previously arranged bilateral meetings with top U.S. officials.

Government’s statement

The Serbian government issued a statement on its website after the meeting, titled, “US, EU strongly support ongoing reforms in Serbia,” that reads as follows:

“Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met today with US Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott and Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport, who stressed their strong support to economic and political reforms carried out by the government of Serbia.

During the meeting with Ambassador Scott, Vucic expressed his condolences over the horrific terrorist attack in Orlando, and handed him a letter of condolences to US President Barack Obama.

The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to Davenport and Scott for their support to Serbia on its European path.

Scott and Davenport jointly stressed their strong support for the Prime Minister’s goal to prepare Serbia for joining the European Union in 2020.

Accordingly, the diplomatic representatives of the two largest bilateral donors in Serbia talked about their commitment to major cooperation programmes, with the priorities agreed with the government of Serbia.

These programmes include assistance in the field of public administration reform, judiciary, educational system, agriculture, transport, energy and environmental protection, as well as direct support to ministries, such as the recent donation of vehicles and equipment to the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defence.

Scott and Davenport pointed to the importance of strengthening the judicial system and the rule of law in attracting new foreign investments in Serbia.

They stressed the importance of progress in efforts to support and strengthen regional security, including the next steps in the dialogue with Pristina.”

Source: B92

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