BELGRADE – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Aleksandar Vucic on his election as Serbian prime minister, affirming the German government’s future support for Serbia and noting that important tasks – continuation of reforms, regional reconciliation and normalisation of relations with Kosovo – were ahead for him.

The German federal government will also in the future strongly assist your country and continue to support you on the European path, Merkel wrote in a congratulatory message.

She noted she was pleased with her meeting with Vucic on the sidelines of a July 4 Western Balkans conference in Paris, adding that she would be very glad to continue the close cooperation with him, the Press Office of the Government of Serbia said in a statement.