The new US Ambassador in Serbia Anthony Godfrey voiced the hope on Thursday that both Belgrade and Washington want to bring their relations back to the level of a true partnership.
A statement from the president’s cabinet after he presents his letters of accreditation to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, quoted the ambassador as saying that a true partnership is what those relations have and should be in future.
Speaking in Serbian, Godfrey said that the US appreciates the friendship and personal ties that have been built up over more than a century of relations between the two countries. “We are now at the start of an especially important period in that friendship. As ambassador I will focus on cooperation with you (the president) and government to help Serbia achieve its European integration goal. We share the conviction that Serbia has the potential to be an example of prosperity and peace in the region,” the ambassador said.
The ambassador said that the United States want to help Serbia’s economic progress and regional cooperation to achieve better relations in the Western Balkans.
The Serbian president is quoted as saying that he appreciates the support from the US, especially in implementing reforms and added that Serbia is firmly on the European path but is also independent in its decision making.