Vucic: Serbia needs the US as its friend

Vucic: Serbia needs the US as its friend

Serbia needs the United States of America as its friend, President Aleksandar Vucic said today after meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.

The Serbian President also told reporters that he was grateful to US officials for their clear stance on Kosovo’s status, as well as for their willingness to listen to Serbia and understand Serbian issues.

“There are some in the international community with whom nothing is ever clear. With the Americans, you know everything … I know we do not think the same way about Kosovo’s status, but we thank them for wanting to listen to Serbia and understand our problems. I couldn’t expect anything more”, Vucic said.

He went on to add that he was grateful to the US for “listening to us, for understanding our problems and for respecting Serbia”.

He also underlined that he was pleased with their opening and that Serbia “after years and decades in which we have not dealt with any major issue in a similar way, we are once again allies. This is very important for Serbia.

Asked how he saw the recovery, the President responded that “more specifically, there is no turning point in Washington’s policy, but it is very important to have a basis for a policy of gradually building better relations between Serbia and the United States. We need the US as a friend”, Vucic said.

He said that he had asked from his host at the State Department Mike Pompeo that the United States understand Serbia’s positions, that they see Serbia’s position and they help us in various ways and mechanisms to improve together the economy, politics and all aspects of social life.

“And to build these relationships of trust and friendship, it is not easy; some countries take decades and hundreds of years to make friends after all that went down”, Vucic said.

He added that “we understand our position, we know where we are and what the difference is between Serbia and the US the GDP of which, for example, is 500 times larger than that of Serbia.

“I know that it does not matter to some in Serbia, who will argue that I did not condemn them … I cannot condemn not because I am very gentle, but because it will hurt the country. I can come looking, begging, demanding, explaining what I mean. I think we did it the best way”, Vucic said.

He stressed that Serbia needs America as a friend, not as someone who is likely to fight against.

“It’s like you or I getting into the ring with Tyson. It’s pointless and I won’t know what to do. What about things from the past? Let’s look at the future and how we can build the future”, Vucic noted.

Asked about his upcoming meetings in the US, Vucic said he would be talking to many important people.

“There would be more of them if everybody was in Washington, but we thank them for giving such a small country so much importance and showing respect for our people. Let’s do everything we can for Serbia”, Vucic concluded. /ibna