“Italy supports the opening of all new negotiation chapters for which Serbia is ready,” Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said yesterday in Rome after several meetings with Italian parliament officials.
“Italy is one of the EU member states that have no reservations in supporting Serbia in terms of its progress towards EU membership,” the Minister said.
In a statement for Serbian media, Selaković said that Italy has given unequivocal support to initiatives coming from Serbia for the creation of a single economic market in the Western Balkans, the so-called mini-Schengen initiative.
Selaković also spoke with Italian parliamentarians about the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština, as well as Serbia’s relations with Russia and China.
The Minister noted that the topic of cooperation between Serbia, China and Russia was discussed in the meetings and that Serbia has to deal with other countries’ opinions with respect to its main foreign policy orientations.
“If someone looks with concern at our cooperation (with China and Russia), we then draw their attention to the fact that there are member states that cooperate with the same countries hundreds or thousands of times more, and nothing has changed for worse,” Selaković said.
During his two-day visit to Rome, Selakovic will meet also with the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi di Maio.
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