On July 28, 1918 the Serbian flag flew at the White House in order to honour the struggle of the Balkan country during the First World War, after U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a special proclamation calling on a national day of prayer in solidarity with the Serbian people marking that day “A Day of Prayer for Serbia”. It was determined that on that day the Serbian flag would wave at the White House and that church bells throughout America would ring in honour of Serbian victims of World War I. Many of them where Serbs who had emigrated to the New World but travelled all the way back to help the motherland, joined the Serbian army but never made it to the States again as they got killed at the front.
This year commemorative events are being held marking the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of President Wilson’s proclamation. On the occasion of this centenary of this event, a ceremony will be organised at the United States Congress. The host will be the Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic with U.S. senators and the representatives of the Department of State also attending the session.
“Serbia and the United States have been on the same side in all important wars”, Brnabic said on Wednesday. Speaking to Radio-Television of Serbia, Brnabic, who is already in the U.S. added: “Traditionally, we are close friends and excellent partners. This has certainly been changed in the last decades”, expressing her hope that her visit to the States would further improve bilateral ties.
During her visit, Brnabic will also meet World Bank director Jong Kim and the United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin.
Serbia’s premier noted that her meeting with Kim would be “of less importance due to the very successful ongoing co-operation”. “We already have a very good co-operation with the World Bank and we know each other very well”, expecting the one with Mnuchin to be of greater need and meaning.
At the meeting with Mnuchin, “open questions” will be tackled, she went on, explaining that Serbia “is under strengthened scrutiny with reference to the notorious list with regards to financing terrorism, money laundering and organised crime”.
According to Brnabic, Serbia and the U.S. work together in this domain and announced that she will present the achievements which have been reached so far. The PM underlined she would propose taking Serbia out of the list of countries “under strengthened scrutiny”.
On Tuesday, Brnabic met in New York with representatives of the “Serbian entrepreneurship” club.
She will also hold talks with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.
Already since February 2018, on the occasion of the National Day of Serbia, celebrated on February 15, the
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson had said in a press statement:
“On behalf of the United States, I offer my sincere congratulations to the people of Serbia on the occasion of your national day.
The United States remains a steadfast friend and partner of Serbia, just as we were 100 years ago when then President Wilson issued a special proclamation calling on a national day of prayer in solidarity with the Serbian people. We look forward to strengthening our partnership in the years ahead as Serbia progresses towards integration into the Western Community of Nations.
We wish all of Serbia’s people peace, security, and prosperity in the coming year.”… / IBNA
Main Photo: Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (R) meets with New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) President, Stacy Cunningham (L), at the NYSE, July 23, 2018 – New York