I was very grateful and extremely pleased to have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate late last week. Now in the hectic days ahead I can turn my attention to completing those preparations that we all make when we set out on an important journey, what to take and what to leave behind.
My wife, Julie, and I are so looking forward to making Belgrade our home in the coming years and to getting to know Serbia – and its dynamic people. So much has changed since I was last in Belgrade and in the region. I have learned over the years to respect history and to try to learn its complex lessons, but my suitcase will not be heavy with the past – I am arriving with a fresh perspective to the Serbia of 2022, to a country that the United States views as an important partner and a friend.
No doubt these are troubled times. But I believe our two countries can meet them together in a constructive spirit and tone and with the realization that we have many common interests. I want to see our bilateral ties grow and prosper like never before and I especially desire that our relationship emerges from these global challenges better and stronger. I believe in the vision of a dynamic Serbia – U.S. relationship, one based on a deep foundation of mutual respect.
Working with the talented staff of the American Embassy I look forward to contributing to the most productive era our two countries have ever enjoyed together.
See you soon!