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    Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic meets with VP Joe Biden

    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has met with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, who commended efforts made by the Serbian government and stressed that the entire region’s success depended on success of reforms in Serbia.

    During the meeting in Washington Tuesday, Biden also stressed that the European Union would be complete when Serbia became its member-state.

    Vucic and Biden discussed bilateral relations, Serbia's European path, the migrant crisis, investments made by U.S. companies and the investment climate in Serbia.

    They also talked about regional stability and cooperation in the energy sector, the Serbian government's media relations office said in a release.

    Vucic briefed Biden about Serbia’s progress in economic reforms and the European integration process, stressing that Serbia needed U.S. support there.

    Biden spoke positively about legal reforms and the fight against corruption in Serbia.

    The two officials also touched on the Bytyqi brothers case.

    The Serbian prime minister expressed satisfaction about Serbia being shown great respect, regardless of the fact that a lot still needed to be done to meet the standards set out by the United States.

    Vucic: No room for panic over refugee crisis

    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated that Serbia will maintain a European attitude towards the refugee crisis although it is not a member of the EU, and underscored that there can be no room for panic.

    We will behave a European attitude and pursue the realisation of European ideals although we are not a member of the EU, unlike many others, Vucic said in an interview for Radio Television of Serbia in Washington late on Tuesday during his several days' visit to the U.S.

    He noted that Serbia will do all it can to provide assistance to refugees and preserve its dignity.

    Vucic said that there can be no room for panic and called on figures that have any impact on the public in Serbia to refrain from fabrication of phantasmagorical stories about the catastrophes ahead.

    There is no catastrophe ahead, either in reference to the migrants or any other respect, the prime minister said.

    Importance of Serbia's efforts to promote reconciliation

    Vice President of the United States Joe Biden met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and pointed to the strategic significance of Serbia's efforts to promote regional reconciliation in the Balkans, including its advancement of the dialogue with Kosovo.

    In a meeting held on Tuesday, Biden and Vucic discussed Serbia's EU integration process, “which both leaders agreed would ensure long-term stability and prosperity for Serbia and the wider region,” the office of the U.S. vice president said in a release.

    Biden “welcomed Serbia's steadfast efforts to cope with an unprecedented refugee and migration crisis, and pledged to examine what additional support the United States could provide”.

    Vucic and Biden also discussed “Serbia's implementation of needed economic reforms, and the importance of creating a positive business climate to attract future U.S. investment in Serbia”.

    The two leaders also discussed energy security and a number of rule of law cases, the release states.

    Vucic to meet with John Kerry on Wednesday

    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will continue a several-day visit to the United States with a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday.

    Speaking to reporters in Washington, he said that he expects the meeting to result in further support to Serbia.

    On the second day of the visit to the US, the prime minister will also have meetings with US Congress and Senate members, as well as the president of the Brookings Institution Strobe Talbott, the Serbian government press office said in a statement.

    Prime Minister Vucic will round off his visit with separate meetings with Secretary General of the Organisation of American States Luis Almagro, IMF chief Christine Lagarde and United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews.

    (Photo courtesy of Serbian Government / Beta / AP)

    (src: Tanjug)
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