BELGRADE – US Vice President Joe Biden made an accidental slip of the tongue when referring to Serbia but instead calling it Croatia during a press statement with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Tuesday.

MBiden is currently on a three-day visit to the Western Balkan states.

“This is not the first time we’ve met… I think we’ve become friends. My visit today is much too short but I believe we’ve accomplished a great deal. The Prime Minister [of Serbia Vucic] and I have got to know each other over the past several years and I mean it sincerely, I along with President Obama respect the leadership you’ve shown in some very tough challenging moments, Mr Prime Minister, and your positive vision for the future of Croatia,” Biden said.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday he expected significant US support for preserving regional peace and stability, without which he said there would be no better life for citizens or economic progress.

“We must devote more energy to preserving peace and to stabilisation,” Vucic said at a press conference with US Vice President Joseph Biden, thanking him for his support.

Vucic said he was certain the US wanted a stable and peaceful Western Balkans, adding that Serbia would do all it could to contribute to that.

Regional stability was the main topic of the discussions with Biden, Vucic said.

He also thanked the US for its support for Serbia’s European path, noting Serbia would strive to meet all its obligations.