The United States and the Republic of Serbia enjoy a partnership that began over 130 years ago when the United States recognized the newly proclaimed independence of the Principality of Serbia and the first U.S. ambassador, Eugene Schuyler, arrived in Belgrade. That friendship has endured throughout the years, and today our bilateral partnership seeks to reinforce Serbia’s efforts to advance its European aspirations.
We are working to support Serbia’s European integration by helping our Serbian partners build sustainable democratic institutions, strengthen Serbia’s commitment to the rule of law, advance economic reforms, position Serbia to strengthen regional cooperation and reconciliation, and become a contributor to regional and global peace and security. Additionally, we seek to broaden and deepen commercial ties between the United States and Serbia to foster economic growth and innovation so that Serbia may be seen as an attractive location for U.S. businesses and investment.
Our historic partnership today is alive and thriving. As our relationship evolves and Serbia continues to make the reforms that bring it closer to its European future, it’s people will benefit from a stronger, more just, and democratic society.