The current director of the Kosovo and Metohija Office, Marko Đurić, will be Serbia’s new ambassador to Washington, it was confirmed by a top government official.
It is not yet known when Đurić will take up the new post, but all the required procedures are expected to be completed shortly. According to some sources, he will be stationed in Washington in two to three months. The term of office of the previous ambassador, Djerdj Matkovic, has expired and the post is currently vacant.
Previously, it was speculated that Đurić would replace SPS leader Ivica Dačić in the position of the foreign minister; news fueled by his presence at meetings in Washington, but apparently there was another reason to justify the talks he had with the highest American officials.
Marko Đurić’s political career began long before he joined the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) after its founding. He was a member of the Otpor anti-government movement and has also done some work in journalism, curating and directing a political youth talk show on Radio Belgrade 202 in 2001 and 2002.
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He has been a member of the Serbian Progressive Party since its founding in 2008 and in 2009, he became the coordinator of the legal team and assistant to the party’s vice president, Aleksandar Vučić.
Since 2010, he has been a member of the Council of the SNS party. In 2011, he helped organize and coordinate the work of the party’s foreign policy and European integration team.
After the May 2012 elections, he was appointed foreign policy advisor to the President of the Republic of Serbia and at the end of the same year, he became a member of the presidency of the SNS party.
In May 2014, the Serbian government appointed him director of the Kosovo and Metohija Office. He was elected vice-president of the Serbian Progressive Party at the assembly meeting held on May 28, 2016.
He speaks English and Hebrew and a little French.
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