Serbia is considering introducing “serious changes” when it comes to contacts that foreign ambassadors have with Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.
The daily Vecernje Novosti is reporting this, adding that the principle of reciprocity is now being considered – i.e., to allow only those ambassadors coming from countries where Serbia’s envoys are received by their foreign ministers, to enjoy the same treatment in Belgrade.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs data shows that out of Serbia’s 69 ambassadors around the world, 24 have never been received by the host country’s foreign minister.
These include ambassadors posted in 11 European countries: Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Great Britain, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, France, and Germany.
Except for when they handed in their credentials, Serbian ambassadors in the US, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, China, the UAE, Ethiopia, and Kenya have also never been received by these countries’ high ranking officials.
In the region, our top diplomatic representatives in Albania and Montenegro have also been given the same “cold treatmen,” the newspaper said.
The option to put the brakes on Serbia’s diplomatic hospitality came to the fore after a recent incident caused by Ukrainian Ambassador Oleksandr Aleksandrovych, who first made inappropriate statements about Serbia’s foreign policy – and then complained that he had been waiting for months to be received by Dacic.
Dacic at the time responded by saying that Serbia’s ambassador in Kiev, despite never making inappropriate comments about the host country, has the same treatment Ukraine.