Serbia is committed to continue working diligently on moving closer to the EU. At the same time, the country remains strongly committed to maintaining its independence, sovereignty and military neutrality.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said this on Wednesday during his meeting in Belgrade with Angelina Eichhorst, director for Western Balkans and Turkey at the European External Action Service.

In a conversation that lasted over four hours, they discussed all matters that are significant for Serbia, as well as its EU path, the presidential press office said in a statement quoted by Tanjug.

They also analyzed the situation in the region and “agreed that peace and stability in the Western Balkans is the most important precondition for economic progress.”

The Serbian president and European official “touched on all the difficult issues, such as the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and Serbia’s attitude towards Russia,” the statement said.

Eichhorst is quoted as saying that the European Union “fully supports President Vucic and Serbia in their efforts to make the country and the region progress on the European path and legal and economic reforms.”