BRUSSELS – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met in Brussels Monday with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who congratulated him on the opening of new negotiation chapters in Serbia’s EU accession talks and his government’s regional policy and cooperation.

Commending the policy of regional stability pursued by the Serbian government, Kerry urged Vucic to continue the active and honest approach to the process of reconciliation among Western Balkan nations, which he said had produced significant results in easing tensions in the region.

Vucic and Kerry also discussed ways of improving the already good Serbia-US ties, expressing a mutual readiness to do so, said a statement released by Vucic’s office.

Vucic thanked Kerry for the clear and unequivocal US support on Serbia’s European path, in particular in the process of opening negotiation chapters 23 and 24.

The meeting was also attended by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

Vucic is in Brussels on Monday through Tuesday for an EU-Serbia intergovernmental conference at which the negotiation chapters are expected to be opened.

Earlier in the day, Vucic met with new British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and is also scheduled to have bilateral meetings with EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and foreign and security policy chief Federica Mogherini.