Eichhorst: Continuation of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue significant

Angelina Eichhorst and Aleksandar Vučić

TANJUG_maliBELGRADE – Continuing the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is significant, Angelina Eichhorst of the European External Action Service (EEAS) agreed at a told on Monday in a meeting with Serbian caretaker Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić.Vučić and Eichhorst, who is the EEAS director for Western Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey, discussed the implementation of the Brussels agreement, said a statement released by the Serbian government.

Serbia is committed to finding mutually acceptable solutions in the dialogue, but with full protection of its national and state interests, Vučić said. Serbia has made significant progress in its EU accession talks, Vučić and Eichhorst said, expressing hope that the planned dynamics of opening negotiation chapters will be maintained.

Eichhorst also spoke with Ivica Dačić, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. Dačić expressed gratitude to officials of EU institutions for their partnership in Serbia’s EU accession process, as well as the hope that the EU integration process will continue in the period ahead, giving a strong impetus to Serbia’s future government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Eichhorst noted that she expects the new government to continue on the European path of the previous governments, in particular in the wake of progress in the talks on negotiation chapters 23 and 24.

She also expressed the hope that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue will resume after the formation of the government and that there will be concrete progress in the discussions.

She particularly praised the way Serbia handled the migrant crisis and the measures it took to take in refugees from war-stricken territories, the statement said.