Serbia’s Foreign Minister visits Berlin
Foreign Ministers Mrkić and Westerwelle
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On 21 November, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met his Serbian counterpart, Ivan Mrkić, who was paying his first official visit to Berlin.
The talks focused on bilateral issues as well as Serbia’s path to EU membership. Both Foreign Ministers underlined the sound bilateral relations between the two countries. Mrkić pointed out that Germanywas Serbia’s most important trading partner, its largest donor and one of its biggest investors. One of the key projects of the new Serbian Government, which had been in office since July 2012, was advancing the rule of law. For, he went on to say, the rule of law was an important factor when investors came to decide where to invest.
Serbia’s steps towards the European Union
With regard to Serbia’s steps towards the EU, Westerwelle stressed that Germanysupported a clear European perspective for Serbia. The necessary conditions for this had to be met. Normalized relations between Serbiaand its neighbours, including Kosovo, were especially important. The dialogue process between Serbia and Kosovo, which came about thanks to the mediation efforts of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was an encouraging sign. It was now vital that the agreed measures were implemented and that the two countries remained constructively engaged in this process. Mrkić briefed Westerwelle on the talks.
He said that the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the countries of the Western Balkans, which was to take place the next evening in Berlin at Westerwelle’s invitation, would provide a forum to discuss these regional issues further.
Serbia presented its application for EU membership in December 2009 and it has had candidate country status since March 2012.
Last updated 21.11.2012