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Minister Miroslav Lajčák meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dačić

Minister Miroslav Lajčák meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dačić

9.9.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

Today (September 9, 2019) the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák met with the deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dačić. Among the themes of the meeting were the signing of an Agreement between the Slovak Republic and the Serbian Republic concerning the engagement in gainful activities of family members of the employees of diplomatic missions and consulates, bilateral relations, the Serbian Euro-integration ambitions, the current situation in the Western Balkans, and also the priorities of the Slovak chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  “I appreciate the good long-term level of bilateral relations which are based on friendship and mutual trust,” emphasized the chief Slovak diplomat.

 

The partners discussed the internal political situation in Serbia in the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections in the spring 2020. They agreed that governments may be changed only by means of democratic elections. “I assured my partner that, with regard to the Euro-integration process of Serbia, Slovakia will continue to broadly support Serbia on its path to the European Union,” noted Miroslav Lajčák. In this regard, Ivica Dačić thanked Slovakia for its support of Serbia’s reform and Euro-integration processes, and the Kosovo issue. Until now, Serbia has opened 17 accession chapters, while 2 were provisionally closed.

 

The partners discussed the possibility of unlocking the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina after the early parliamentary elections in Kosovo, which are scheduled to take place on October 6, 2019. The dialogue has been frozen since Pristina’s introduction of 100% customs tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia in November 2018. The ministers further discussed cooperation in the Region of the Western Balkans and Slovakia’s chairmanship of the OSCE. 

 

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