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Serbia-Bosnia: Vucic, do not see Belgrade as a bete noire

'Our country is a sincere friend'. After a visit to Sarajevo

08 September, 16:46
(ANSA) - SARAJEVO - Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic ended a two-day visit to Sarajevo. He was satisfied with the talks with Bosnian leadership, and expressed the hope of opening a new chapter in relations with the neighbouring country. Vucic's visit was the first in Bosnia for a Serbian president over the last six years. ''I would like to say clearly that Serbia should not be seen as a 'bete noire', but my country is a sincere friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina'', the president said at a joint press conference after a meeting with Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic.

Belgrade, he added, is certainly wiiling to improve relations with Sarajevo by solving all the issues still open. ''Let's focus on the future and let's do everything we can to improve our people's lives''. Prime Minister Zvizdic agreed with Vucic and focused on the need to further boost economic relations and trade, bringing it up to 2bn euros.

In November, he said, a joint session may be held between the two governments, in which all co-operation projects will be examined in detail. ''Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are neighbouring countries, located in the same geographical area and share the same goal, that is EU membership'', Zvizdic said. Vucic, after talks with the members of the Bosnian tripartite presidency - Croatian Dragan Covic, current president, Muslim Bakir Izetbegovic and Serbian Mladen Ivanic - said that Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina now ''have a better mutual understanding'' and that a ''different atmosphere'' has been created between the two countries. (ANSA).

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