French President Emmanuel Macron send a congratulatory message to his Serbian counterpart Aleksanadar Vucic on Feb. 15, the Statehood Day of Serbia. Macron said that France wished to place the Western Balkans’ EU future in the focus of its presidency of the Council of the EU to make the region “a zone of peace and prosperity,” according to a release from Vucic’s Office.
“In the spirit of the Strategy on the Western Balkans, adopted by France in April 2019, we have continued to exchange political views and visits and we wish to maintain this trend also in the future. The dynamism and attractiveness of our economic partnership with Serbia have not been interrupted despite the crisis triggered by the pandemic. Our companies which have been engaged on ambitious projects have been helping your country in its modernization process. I primarily refer to the extraordinary Belgrade Metro Project,” Macron said, adding that France would back Serbia’s reforms on its EU path.
“I encourage you to pursue that path and keep focusing on building a legal state and good governance,” Macron said in the letter.
Vucic also received a congratulatory letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that Belgrade-Moscow relations have been dynamically developing in the spirit of the two countries’ strategic partnership, according to the release from Vucic’s Office. “A substantive bilateral dialogue has been established and cooperation in various areas has rendered good results. I am assured that further development of constructive Russian-Serbian ties across all levels entirely fits the interests of the two brotherly nations and contributes to strengthening stability and security in Europe,” Putin said in his letter.