On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend best wishes to the people of Serbia as you celebrate your National Day on February 15.
The United States congratulates Serbia on opening accession talks and taking a crucial step toward EU membership. We commend the April 2013 agreement on normalization of relations with Kosovo.
We also welcome Serbia’s signing of a NATO Partnership for Peace Status of Forces Agreement and look forward to signing the Memorandum of Understanding for the Fulbright educational program. International exchange programs can have a transformative impact, which is exactly why they are such a high priority for me as Secretary of State.
The United States is committed to supporting Serbia’s efforts toward full integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. Serbia is assuming a growing role as a force for peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. That’s why our continued work to strengthen its multiethnic society, democratic institutions and rule of law is so important.
I congratulate all the people of Serbia and look forward to strengthening our partnership in the years to come.