Romania supports Serbia’s EU integration process: President

BUCHAREST: Romanian President Klaus Iohannis reiterated his country’s support for Serbia’s integration process into the European Union (EU).

Iohannis told Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic that the Romanian authorities were ready to lend their technical expertise to their Serbian counterparts, Xinhua news agency reported.

During their meeting, Iohannis and Selakovic exchanged views on the security situation in Europe and underlined their common interest in ensuring regional stability and helping the Western Balkan states to progress on the path to the EU.

Iohannis said he appreciated the recent signing of an agreement between the two governments on the connection of the Timisoara-Moravita highway in Romania with the Belgrade-Vatin highway in Serbia.

He also stressed the importance of fostering dialogue and cooperation in areas of common interest.

During their talks with Selakovic, Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca and Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu also reaffirmed their country’s commitment to supporting the advancement of Serbia’s EU accession process.

Ciuca said Bucharest was in favor of a balanced process based on the merits of the candidate countries.

Selakovic thanked his hosts for their support.

“In particular, I would like to express my thanks to Romania for supporting the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia and respect for the rights of Serbs in Kosovo,” the Foreign Minister told reporters.

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