On the Occasion of Serbia's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 13, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the government and people of Serbia on the anniversary of your statehood.

Today, so different from the tragic and difficult period of the 1990s, our countries work together to strengthen and spread the ideals of democracy, human rights, and rule of law.

We applaud Serbia’s commitment to countering terrorism and violent extremism as part of the anti-ISIL coalition.

The United States looks forward to working with Serbia in its role as Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

We are committed to supporting Serbia’s full integration into European institutions. The EU-facilitated Dialogue with Kosovo remains an important part of this effort.

On this joyous occasion, I congratulate all Serbians on your Statehood Day.