Vucic says Merkel to visit Serbia

NEWS 31.08.2021 22:20
Source: FoNet/Instagram/Buducnostsrbijeav

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would visit Serbia but could not say when.

Speaking in Slovenia a day before the start of the Bled Strategic Forum, Vucic said that he and Merkel would discuss the German view of the Balkan region. He said that no country can progress unless it has Germany on its side, not as an opponent.

The Bled Strategic Forum brings together the leaders of the countries of the region, EU member states and officials to discuss the future of Europe.

Speaking about the Open Balkans initiative launched by Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia, Vucic said that the initiative can’t be stopped. “People want to cooperate freely, fight for the principles that the European Union is based on – freedom of movement for people, services and capital. I don’t know who would mind if there were not borders between Belgrade, Skoplje and Tirana,” he said. “Some people see that initiative as an attempt by Serbia to dominate the region but it is only trying for a better life for its people and cooperation with neighbors,” he said.

Vucic also met with the Prime Ministers of North Macedonia and Albania, Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama. He posted a photograph of the three of them with the caption Bled Forum in the shadow of Open Balkans. Welcome.