BELGRADE – U.S. Senator Bob Corker said Friday that he was aware of the refugee issues and the tremendous burden placed on Serbia, expressing appreciation for the way Serbia had handled the influx of people.


Speaking at a press conference after a meeting he had with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade today, Corker said that the migrants crisis would end when the situation in Syria got stabilized.

The best way for this to stop is for Syria to have a ceasefire and for people to not be barrel-bombed, and for people to be able to live in their own cities and homes and not be fearful of those creating terror in their own villages, said Corker.

He said the U.S. had high hopes for the the situation, and despite a lot of skepticism being there, he was happy that progress was being made.

“I am happy that progress is being made and I think all of us understand (that) when you have a country like Syria, where eleven million people are displaced, it creates tremendeous humanitarian problems for them and also creates a burden for other countries,” said Corker.

Corker underscored on Friday in a conversation with Serbian Minister responsible for EU integration Jadranka Joksimovic that the US supported Serbia along the EU path and considered the country to be a factor of stability in the region.

Joksimovic highlighted that the reforms, notably those in the fields of economy and the rule of law, were essential for the progress of Serbia and the society, adding that European integration had brought a fresh momentum to the process.

Senator Corker, who chairs the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said that the US would like to see Serbia in the EU, and offered full support to the integration process.

Corker also commended the government’s approach to the migrant crisis, and Joksimovic said that the government was advocating for a comprehensive European solution.