BELGRADE – Sweden has always supported Serbia on the European path and it always acts as a friend wishing to help, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday.

At a press conference with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Loefven, Vucic said the two countries had exceptional political relations, and expressed the hope that the modest economic ties would be enhanced and that there would be more Swedish investments in Serbia.

He thanked Sweden for its support for Serbia’s European path.

“That is our strategic goal, and Sweden is one of the countries that have always supported Serbia and been among the key partners,” Vucic said.

That assistance is not unconditional because we must change ourselves, Vucic said.

The steps that are ahead for Serbia range “from improving our legal system and democratising our society to economic reforms. We know that well and we are harsh on ourselves, sometimes even harsher than the EU, but Sweden is exerting no pressure and it always acts as a friend and looks for ways to help us,” Vucic said.

Vucic said he had also discussed with Loefven regional and geopolitical issues and maintaining peace in the region.

“We established that preserving peace and stability is crucial and that it is the basic condition for economic progress and better life in Serbia and the countries in the region,” Vucic said.