Vucic with EU and NATO officials in Brussels: Strong partnership with Serbia, while respecting country's neutrality

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic paid a visit to Brussels on Wednesday where he met the EU and the NATO representatives with whom he discussed Serbia's European Union path and this country's partnership with the NATO.

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and President Vucic agreed on the importance of Serbia’s commitment to the EU reform process in context of the EU's revitalized engagement with the region, as confirmed by the European Council in March and the State of the Union speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker in September.

They also discussed the new phase of the Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on comprehensive normalization of relations, which the High Representative facilitates on the EU’s behalf. They reiterated their agreement on the need to advance the Dialogue for the sake of regional transformation for both sides, Serbia and Kosovo, to be able to make progress on their respective EU paths.

The officials also discussed the situation in the Western Balkans region and the need for true reconciliation and cooperation to the benefit of all.

President Vucic was welcomed at the NATO HQ in Brussels by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, with whom he discussed cooperation between the Alliance and Serbia, as well as the security challenges facing the Western Balkans. The Secretary General stressed that NATO’s partnership with Serbia can bring real benefits to its citizens and the Western Balkans.

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Stoltenberg underlined that NATO is committed to building a strong partnership with Serbia, while fully respecting the country’s neutrality. He stressed that “a strong, democratic and prosperous Serbia means more security and stability for the whole region.”

Speaking about Serbia's relations with the NATO, Vucic noted: " If somebody in Serbia thinks that we do not need good relations with NATO while NATO is in Kosovo and many countries in the neighborhood, not in all neighboring countries but in many of them, if you do not think that we do not need good relations I will say immediately please come here and run Serbia by yourselves."