BELGRADE – Serbia’s decision to take two individuals formerly in detention at the Guantanamo Bay is a very significant signal for development of bilateral relations with the US, Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Tuesday.

“Serbia has thus joined a group of 17 European countries that have done the same – the UK, France, Albania, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Georgia, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia and Estonia,” Dacic said in a statement.

Serbia has in no way put its state interests or national security in jeopardy and it has also opened the door to development of its partnership with the US, he said.

“Resetting our relations with the US is in our national interest in our quest for common denominators for the future, despite the differences that exist between us,” Dacic said.