Statement by Heather Nauert, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson

August 21, 2018 Russia’s Continued Unlawful Imprisonment of Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleh Sentsov Today marks the 100th day of the hunger strike of Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker who is arbitrarily detained in a remote Russian prison. The United States is deeply concerned about his deteriorating health, and we renew our demand that Russia immediately release ...
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Grateful to Deputy Speaker Marinkovic for his initiative to form a Serbian-American Friendship Caucus

First, I would like to thank Deputy Speaker Marinkovic for inviting me here today and for his initiative to found the Serbian-American Friendship Congress, and am honored also that Deputy Prime Minister Mihajlovic has also agreed to join us here today. The United States sees Serbia as a dear friend of long standing.  I welcome ...
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Regional Chiefs of Mission Workshop for U.S. Ambassadors in Sarajevo

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo hosted an annual Regional Chiefs of Mission Workshop for U.S. Ambassadors September 17-19. Participating in the workshop were the U.S. Ambassadors to Albania, BiH, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. During the workshop, the Ambassadors discussed common issues faced by U.S. missions in the region, including Euro-Atlantic integration, advancing ...
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Opening Remarks – Center for Foreign Policy Conference: “Western Security Architecture and Serbia – Challenges and Dilemmas”

Thank you, Aleksandra, for the introduction and for the opportunity to be here today. I’m looking forward to hearing the discussions. As American Ambassador, I might seem to be a surprising choice to introduce discussions revolving around the question of neutrality, as my country is clearly not a neutral country. We are fully committed to ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Serbia to Attend the Inaugural Reception of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić

President Donald Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Belgrade, Serbia to attend the Inaugural Reception of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić, President of the Republic of Serbia on June 23, 2017. Mr. Hoyt Yee, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, will lead the delegation. Members ...
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Ambassador Scott Marks the World Refugee Day

On Tuesday, June 20, Ambassador Kyle Scott, along with Serbian Commissioner for Refugees and Migration Vladimir Cucić and Catholic Relief Services Europe Zone Representative Marc D’Silva, will mark World Refugee Day with a visit to a beneficiary of the Regional Housing Program in Ilinci in the Municipality of Šid. Ambassador Scott will use the opportunity ...
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U.S. Ambassador Scott Visited Van Drunen Farms, the Largest U.S. Investment in Serbia’s Agricultural Sector

On Wednesday, June 7, U.S. Ambassador Kyle Scott visited U.S.-based Van Drunen Farms (VDF) facility in Banatsko Karadjordjevo.  The facility represents a $13 million investment in Serbia’s agricultural sector, America’s largest. Ambassador Scott toured the food processing facilities and laboratory, and observed fruit and vegetable processing, including freezing and freeze-drying (lyophilisation), as well packaging, storing ...
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Ambassador Scott opens 15th Annual English Language Teachers’ Association Conference

The American Embassy in Belgrade continues its tradition of support and partnership with the English Language Teachers’ Association of Serbia (ELTA).  This year’s conference, titled “Awaken Your Curiosity,” will be held at the Singidunum University in Belgrade, May 19 and 20.  The American Embassy supports the Conference not only financially, but also by bringing English ...
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American Military Shares Explosive Ordnance Disposal Techniques with Serbian Armed Forces

The United States Army Europe (USAREUR) shared with the Serbian Armed Forces demining platoon stationed in Prokuplje  explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) techniques in a course from April 6 to 28.  This is only the first of three phases of the training program, which will last through the autumn of 2018.  In addition to the training, ...
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Serbia and United States Strenghten Long-standing Assistance Cooperation

On April 28, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Serbia will sign amendments to two assistance agreements, providing an additional U.S. $9 million in assistance to strengthen Serbia’s business enabling environment, make its small and medium enterprises more competitive, and support reforms to Serbia’s judiciary and government operations. ...
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Ambassador Opens Fourth EducationUSA Southeast European University Tour in Belgrade

The fourth EducationUSA Southeast European (SEE) University Tour in Serbia will be held at Metropol Palace Hotel in Belgrade on April 6 from 4:00–7:00 p.m.  Ambassador Kyle Scott will launch this open-door event for prospective students, parents, and professionals who are interested in pursuing higher academic degrees in the United States. The SEE Tour is ...
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for U.S.-Donated Daycare Center in Pirot

On Tuesday, April 4th, the U.S. Embassy and municipality of Pirot will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a daycare center for persons with mental and physical disabilities.  The construction of the daycare center, worth USD 415,000, was funded by the European Command of the U.S. Armed Forces, coordinated through the U.S. Embassy’s Office of ...
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Ambassador Scott to Attend Ribbon-Cutting for a Humanitarian Project in New Belgrade

On Friday, February 3, Ambassador Kyle R. Scott will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a humanitarian project which funded the refurbishing of three buildings in New Belgrade to convert them into facilities for persons with disabilities.  The New Belgrade Municipality provided the facilities and covered the cost of utilities and electricity. ...
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U.S. and Serbia Sign Cancer Eradication Memorandum of Understanding

Ambassador Kyle Scott and the Minister of Health of the Serbian government ass. dr. Zlatibor Loncar today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of research, prevention, control and disease management. Memorandum entails a direct cooperation on these issues between the Serbian Ministry of Health and the National Cancer Institute of the ...
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Ambassador Scott met with the President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic

Ambassador Scott met with the President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic on January 17 to review the previous year and discuss future cooperation in 2017.  The ambassador praised the progress in Serbia regarding economic stability and growth.  He noted the opening of four chapters in the EU accession process in 2016, and said ...
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The United States Condemns the Assassination in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov

The United States condemns the assassination in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, with the Russian people, and with all the other victims who were injured in this attack and their families.  We stand ready to offer any assistance that may be required to Russia and ...
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U.S. Government Supports Renovation of the Serbian Ministry of Interior’s Weapons and Ammunition Stockpile Facility in Platicevo

The United States is pleased to have contributed nearly 90,000 dollars to a project to renovate the Ministry of Interior’s weapons and ammunition stockpile facility in Platičevo. This project was implemented by the United Nations Development Program’s Southeastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) and the Ministry ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates to the Military Medical Academy HIV/AIDS Prevention Equipment Worth USD 80.000

On Thursday, December 1, Ambassador Kyle Scott will visit the Military Medical Academy where he will announce a donation worth approximately $80.000 to this institution in support of HIV/AIDS prevention. The donation consists of modern blood, tissue and organ analysis laboratory equipment, as well as educational leaflets, posters, laptops and projectors and personal protective equipment.  ...
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Ambassador Scott to Unveil Halyard Mission Historical Markers in Pranjani

On Friday, November 18, Ambassador Kyle Scott will unveil seven historical markers in Pranjani, Gornji Milanovac, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Halyard Mission.  The United States Air Forces in Europe Jazz Band will be playing Serbian and American national anthems during the ceremony. The Halyard Operation that took place in 1944 was the ...
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U.S. Government Donates over $340,000 Worth Equipment to Serbian Border Police

On Wednesday, May 25, Ambassador Kyle R. Scott joined Head of Border Police, General Milenko Bozovic and State Secretary at the Ministry of Interior Aleksandar Nikolic at an official ceremony to mark the donation of equipment to Serbian Border Police from the Government of the United States. The equipment donation was made through the US ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports International Historic Preservation Conference

On Monday, May 23, Cultural Attaché Erika Kuenne will give opening remarks at the International Historic Preservation Conference, organized by the Danube Competence Center. The Embassy has supported the conference by bringing keynote speaker Mr. John Bonafide, Director of the Technical Preservation Services Bureau for New York State’s Division of Historic Preservation. Mr. Bonafide’s presentation ...
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U.S. Ambassador Scott Meets Long-Time Disability Movement Activist Gordana Rajkov

  U.S. Ambassador Scott Meets Long-Time Disability Movement Activist Gordana RajkovOn May 10, 2016, Ambassador Kyle R. Scott met with Ms. Gordana Rajkov, President of the Center for Independent Living (CIL) Serbia and long-time disability movement activist, to discuss voters with disabilities’ participation in the April 2016 Serbian elections.  Last month’s election was the first ...
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04.26 U.S. Embassy Belgrade will offer the Department of State’s Foreign Service Officer

April 26, 2016 U.S. Embassy Belgrade will offer the Department of State’s Foreign Service Officer Test on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the embassy. Interested candidates can sign up online at beginning tomorrow at the Pearson VUE website . The registration period is from April 27 through June 1, 2016. For more information ...
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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Sign Agreement for Humanitarian Project in New Belgrade

March 21, 2016 On Monday, March 21, Gordon Duguid, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, will meet with Aleksandar Šapić, President of the Belgrade Municipality of New Belgrade to sign a humanitarian agreement which will fund the rehabilitation of three buildings in New Belgrade to convert them into daycare centers for children with disabilities. The ...
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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Sign Agreement for Humanitarian Project in New Belgrade

On Monday, March 21, Gordon Duguid, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, will meet with Aleksandar Šapić, President of the Belgrade Municipality of New Belgrade to sign a humanitarian agreement which will fund the rehabilitation of three buildings in New Belgrade to convert them into daycare centers for children with disabilities. The Municipality of New ...
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Ambassador’s message on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016 Women make immeasurable contributions to our world, and not just because they are half the planet’s population. Women are entrepreneurs, judges, farmers, educators, scientists, artists, soldiers, mothers, heads of state – all the things that men do (except, of course, for the mothering part!) Without women’s contributions, economies would collapse, political systems ...
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Panel Discussion on Women in Tech

March 7, 2016 Female leaders in Serbia’s information and communication technologies (ICT) field and the wider business community emphasized the importance of broader participation by women in the ICT sector. The panel was organized by the Commercial Department of the U.S. Embassy in Serbia and AmCham. At the opening of the panel, a special video ...
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Condolences to the families of the Serbian hostages tragically killed in Libya

February 20, 2016. The United States Embassy expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the Serbian hostages Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic who were tragically killed in Libya‎. Upon hearing the press reports, Ambassador Kyle Scott spoke directly with Prime Minister Vucic and Foreign Minister Dacic to express his profound regret and the sincere ...
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U.S. Ambassador Attends Donation Ceremony at Clinical Center in Belgrade

February 18, 2016 On Thursday, 18 February, Ambassador Kyle Scott will attend a donation ceremony at the Clinical Center in Belgrade to mark the donation of a General Electric diagnostic workstation to this institution. The total value of the donation is $100,000 and funding was provided by the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) through its Humanitarian ...
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United States Welcomes Serbia’s Passage of Holocaust Restitution Law

February 12, 2016 The United States welcomes the Serbian Parliament’s passage of an heirless property restitution law on February 12. With passage, Serbia became the first European country to pass a Holocaust heirless restitution law since the 2009 U.S.-sponsored Terezin Declaration. The law, which mandates restitution for heirless property of Holocaust victims, is considered the ...
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U.S. Commemorates International Migrants Day

With ever increasing numbers of migrants moving throughout the world, the UN General Assembly declared 18 December as a day to honor the role of the migrant and the contribution that migration brings to development. The United States embassy in Belgrade marks International Migrants Day 2015, by reflecting on the millions of migrants who depart ...
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The United States strongly supports Serbia’s aspirations to join the European Union

The United States strongly supports Serbia’s aspirations to join the European Union. We, therefore, welcome Prime Minister Vucic’s commitment made following a meeting with the EU and Quint Ambassadors to continue on this path. As one of Serbia’s advocates in this process, we understand that hard work and the implementation of difficult reforms is still ...
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Embassy congratulates Prime Minister Vucic and his team on reaching the important agreements in Brussels

We congratulate Prime Minister Vucic and his team on reaching the important agreements yesterday in Brussels with Kosovo Prime Minister Mustafa. We also applaud the excellent work of EU High Representative Mogherini and the EU in facilitating these agreements and the ongoing Brussels Dialogue. These four agreements on energy, telecommunications, principles for establishing an Association/Community ...
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Vršac celebrates the completion of the first phase in the redevelopment of the “former army club” brownfield site

The Mayor of Vršac Čedomir Živković, the U.S. Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, and the President of the NALED Managing Board Vladan Atanasijević attended a ceremony to mark the completion of the First Phase in the Redevelopment of the “Former Army Club” Brownfield Site in Vršac. During the past months, with U.S. Government and NALED support, ...
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USAID recognizes nine new partners in development

On Tuesday, June 9, during a reception at the Ambassador’s residence, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby and United States Agency for International Development Mission Director Azza El-Abd recognized nine new partner organizations, from the civil society and private sector, that have been awarded direct grants by USAID. The new partner organizations are: Serbian Association of Managers ...
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Launch of education campaign on new whistleblower protection law

Belgrade At a press conference on June 3, 2015, USAID’s Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project and the Ministry of Justice launched an educational outreach campaign for the new Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers. The campaign will educate the public on important concepts under the new Law to shield whistleblowers from retaliation. “This law ...
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The United States congratulates Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama

The United States congratulates Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on the first official visit by a Serbian prime minister to Tirana on May 27th. Vucic’s historic visit comes six months after Prime Minister Rama visited Belgrade in the first such visit by an Albanian prime minister in nearly 70 ...
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Growing Exports to America: the Food Safety Modernization Act and Serbian Suppliers to the American Market

Chargé d’Affaires Gordon Duguid and State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Enviromental Protection Danilo Golubović will open a conference on the “United States Food Safety Modernization Act and Its Implications for Suppliers to the U.S. Market.” The event will be hosted by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 28, from 9:00 ...
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American Astronaut Marsha Ivins Tours Serbia

American astronaut Marsha Ivins will tour Serbia, May 18-22. One of only 56 female astronauts, Ms. Ivins is a veteran of five space shuttle missions. Ms. Ivins presents a history of human spaceflight through NASA images, including first-hand accounts of Shuttle missions, the storied Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, and the International Space Station. During ...
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Embassy Sponsors the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia’s Awards for Excellence in Investigative Reporting

On Tuesday, May 5, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby will join journalists and representatives from the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia to honor Serbia’s investigative reporters in a special awards ceremony held at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. Every year in May, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day, a day set aside to recognize the irreplaceable ...
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EducationUSA Southeastern Europe College Fair

Public Affairs Officer Ryan Rowlands will open the EducationUSA Southeastern Europe College Fair on Friday, April 24. Organized by the International Academic Center – EducationUSA Serbia in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, this college fair will bring representatives and admissions officers from over a dozen American universities and colleges to Belgrade, many for ...
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Embassy Celebrates Earth Day

The Embassy is marking Earth Day in partnership with the Think Big Team with a public service event on Wednesday, April 22. Working together, we will show our support for environmental protection and hope to raise the awareness of the public, particularly the youth, to this very important issue. Ambassador Michael D. Kirby will join ...
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U.S. Embassy Presents the Results and Best Practices from More than Ten Years of Assistance for Local Integration of Refugees and Displaced Pers

On April 7, the U.S. Embassy and its implementing partner Catholic Relief Services will present a publication Integration of Displaced Population in Serbia: Lessons Learned and How To Guide, intended to serve as a reference manual and a tool for local and central government to further build capacity to deliver assistance to populations of concern ...
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Opening of Renovated Higher, Basic, and Misdemeanor Courts in Pirot

Pirot On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Minister of Justice Nikola Selaković, the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael D. Kirby, and the Norwegian Ambassador to Serbia Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, will officially open the newly renovated premises of the Higher, Basic and Misdemeanor Courts in Pirot. The President of the High Court Council and Supreme Court ...
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Opening Statement for Chairman’s Event on Safety of Journalists

Charge d’affaires Gordon Duguid March 27, 2015 The United States joins others in thanking the OSCE Chairmanship in Office, Minister Ivica Dacic and the Serbian Minister for Culture and Information, Ivan Tasovac for hosting this conference and for their opening remarks. We also warmly welcome the participation of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, ...
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Regional Leadership Conference for Bar Associations and Civil Society

Belgrade On March 27, 2015, Bar Association leaders and Justice-sector Civil Society representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia will come together for a two-day regional leadership conference. Participants will discuss ways to enhance Bar Association services and strengthen the role of local Bar Association Chambers in advancing the rule of law ...
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Ambassador Kirby Opens Safe House in Vranje

March 18, 2015 On Thursday, March 19, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby will attend a ceremony to mark the opening of the Safe House in Vranje. Through the Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation, the European Command of the U.S. Armed Forces invested $213,000 to construct this facility. Work began in August 2014 under the supervision of ...
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U.S. Embassy donates video-conferencing equipment to the Organized Crime Prosecutor’s Office

January 27, 2015 The U.S. Embassy Belgrade and the U.S. Department of Justice Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Program in Serbia donated a modern video-conferencing system to the Organized Crime Prosecutor`s Office of the Republic of Serbia. This donation will help the Organized Crime Prosecutor’s Office handle cases with a foreign nexus more efficiently ...
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