Alfano and Dacic meet: Belgrade will not stop the dialogue with Pristina

Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic and Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic have met with the Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano in Belgrade to discuss the bilateral relations between the two countries and the situation in the region.

“We are trying to maintain the situation in Serbia stable so that the region could be stable too,” Vucic said regarding the current situation in the neighboring countries.

He “expressed gratitude for Italy’s support to the European path of Serbia and added that he expects a lot from the meeting of leaders of the Western Balkans and the EU which will be held in Trieste.”

The Berlin Process is a great hope for the region and we want to see more concrete results in programs of infrastructure, Vucic said.

“I want to express respect for our bilateral relations and the reform processes of your government. Yesterday I spoke with a large number of Italian investors who told me that they are very satisfied with the business environment in Serbia, and that is crucial for us,” Alfano stated.

He “underlined that the fight against corruption, changes in the penalty code and the legal system are crucial points of the success of the Serbian government in the field of law,” and that the economy and legal system are a good basis for strengthening relations between the two countries.

“Europe is the right place for Serbia and I want to give support to your aspirations to become part of the European family,” the Italian Foreign Minister went on to say.

Serbia’s relations with Italy are on the level of a strategic partnership that is on a constant upward trajectory, as is economic cooperation, Ivica Dacic also said during the news conference.

He announced the two countries’ governments would hold a joint session in Serbia in September.

Alfano “underlined that Italy will continue to continue to support Serbia on its European path, because it is a place that naturally belongs to Serbia” and “praised the reforms and results achieved by Serbia in the European integration process.”

Alfano invited Dacic to make a return visit to Italy.

The two officials signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy concerning the work of bilingual Serbian-Italian classes in Serbia.

Both sides agreed that the signing of this bilateral document “marked another important step forward in the field of cultural and educational cooperation between Italy and Serbia,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

(B92, 14.03.2017)

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