US-Serbia relations are on the up and up. Following Secretary Blinken’s announcement that the US and Serbia recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create liaison positions for Serbian diplomats at the Department of State, a State Department spokesperson revealed for The Pavlovic Today on Thursday the details of this new and unique program.
As a result of a Memorandum of Understanding, Serbian diplomats will have an opportunity to come to Washington DC and serve within the US Department of State.
“This program will not only foster a better understanding of our respective foreign policy goals and objectives but will forge new channels of communication and build lasting partnerships,” a State Department spokesperson confirmed to The Pavlovic Today.
According to a State Department spokesperson, the program will allow one Serbian diplomat per year to join the State Department for up to 12 months.
“We look forward to welcoming the first Serbian officer at the Department in fall 2023. The assignment details are to be determined,” said a State Department spokesperson.
Yesterday, Ned Price told The Pavlovic Today what’s behind Secretary Blinken’s optimism for the “strategic partnership” between the two countries.
“We’ve been with Serbia over the course of decades, standing by its side as a partner in the face of various challenges,” said Price.
According to Blinken’s spokesperson, the accelerated bilateral relations and Blinken’s engagement to see tensions between Belgarde and Pristina ease up represent an opportunity for the people of Serbia and Kosovo to build bridges among their respective communities and the United States and Europe at large.
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