Aleksandar Vucic, the President of Serbia, said on Monday he was not glad about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s announcement about not seeking re-election when her term expires in 2021, and leaving politics, the FoNet news agency reported.
Speaking in Istanbul, Vucic said he had great respect for Merkel as a moral and dedicated person, and he would feel the same regardless of her position.
“I don’t have to agree with her on everything, but I’m not happy that she won’t be in politics after 2021,” Vucic said at the opening ceremony of an airport in Istanbul where he was present upon the invitation by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
"This fourth term is my last term as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. In the next Bundestag election in 2021, I will not run again as Chancellor. I will not run for the German Bundestag any more, and I do not want any other political office," Merkel told reporters on Monday.
Merkel also announced on Monday she would stand down from the chairmanship of her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party after 18 years in the post.
Her decision appears to be a reaction to massive losses that both parties under Merkel's ruling coalition, the CDU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), suffered in a regional election over the weekend.
Earlier, the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to the CDU, lost its majority in the Bavarian state parliament.
Vucic added that nowadays it was a rare opportunity to meet people “who are so dedicated” and “honour their word” as German Chancellor.