It is in the US' best interest to help Serbia achieve full membership of the European Union (EU), which is the best way to ensure the stability in the Western Balkans, US Ambassador to Belgrade Anthony Godfrey told FoNet, adding he was disappointed with the decision of some opposition parties to boycott the upcoming elections.
He explained that US President Donald Trump sent him to Serbia to improve relations between the two countries and do what he can to increase stability in the region, noting that he is happy to be here and honoured to have been nominated.
He thinks that free access to the media should be promoted before the next election, which is why, together with the EU and the OSCE, he is working with the Serbian Government to pay more attention to this.
Godfrey does not think the media environment is satisfactory for everyone to understand what is happening in the country during the election campaign.
Asked about the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, he said he hoped it would resume soon.
The Ambassador noted that it was clear at this point that almost all the opposition in Serbia would boycott the election, adding that he was disappointed with this decision.
"We are disappointed with the decision of the opposition parties to boycott the elections. We think it is important for the people of Serbia to be able to make their own decisions," Godfrey said.
The Ambassador said depriving the people of their right to "make their own decisions does not contribute to Serbia's democratic development."