“Despite different stances on the Kosovo-Metohija issue, Italy understands Serbia’s position,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in Rome on Wednesday after a meeting with the Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini.
He added that they Salvini had told him that Italy, which had recognized Kosovo’s independence, wanted to be a part of a solution and to help in every possible way.
“I think we can count on Italy as a sincere friend and on Salvini as a friend of our country, which is no small thing for Serbia,” Vucic told reporters.
He went on to say that they had also discussed the 1999 NATO aggression on Serbia and that he had told Salvini the wounds caused by the bombing have not healed.
Vucic and Salvini also talked about bilateral relations and Italy’s support for Serbia on its way to the EU membership.
The Serbian President also met with the ambassadors of the so-called Quint and with the European Union delegation chief in Belgrade, At the meeting, he reassured the ambassadors that Serbia would act rationally and thoughtfully and would resume talks with Pristina on the normalization of relations as soon as Kosovo’s Government revoked its decision on the 100 per cent import tax on Serbian goods.
The meeting agenda included a discussion about the recent Berlin Summit of the Western Balkans leaders, Vucic’s meeting with Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative and the mediator in the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue and the halt in that dialogue. The President’s office said that “the meeting was open and constructive”.
According to the statement, the Quint countries’ ambassadors asked Vucic for taciturnity and finding a serious and responsible resolution of the regional problems to help stabilize the political atmosphere.
The meeting agenda also included the rule of law and media strategy in Serbia, but Vucic’s office provided no details about the discussion on these issues.
(N1, Beta, 08.05.2019)
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