Iohannis-Vucic meeting in Bucharest. Iohannis on Ghita case: It’s not the presidents’ business

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President Klaus Iohannis has welcomed his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, at Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest on Thursday, stating during a joint press conference that relations between Romania and Serbia are very good and they are going to be even better.

Relations between Romania and Serbia are very good and they are going to be even better … We are optimistic about that (…) Serbia is Romania’s main trade partner in the Western Balkans,” the Romanian head of state pointed out.

Discussions have approached the issue of how can Romania can support Serbia during the process of accession to the EU.

President Iohannis also tackled the Sebastian Ghita case, though saying it’s not the presidents’ business to discuss about a fugitive’s situation. The Romanian president said he had asked his Serbian counterpart about this matter, but Vucic replied he doesn’t know much and that he would ask the Justice minister in Serbia.

We haven’t discussed, then I found out you (editor note: the journalists) that you will ask about that and I asked Mr. president, who told me he doesn’t know, but that things are definitively falling into place, the courts are deliberating and a verdict will be available in this regard. He could not tell me more. And I, personally, don’t think it’s the presidents’ business to take care of those who are running away from the Romanian justice,” Iohannis said.

In his turn, the Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić said he had asked the Serbian Justice minister for more details on that topic and an answer will be provided today.

Kosovo, in the pipeline

President Iohannis has said that the Kosovo issue is complicated, but reminded that, failing a solution on this matter, Serbia will not be able to join EU, stressing that Romania is willing to get involved to find a solution.

Of course, we talked about Kosovo, which is a complicated topic. We think that a solution in this respect will mean a huge step in the European direction for all the Western Balkans region. We are willing to get involved to find good solutions for the entire region,” Iohannis said.

In his turn, the Serbian President thanked Iohannis and Romanians for the support Romania is providing regarding Serbia’s European path, but also for their wish so that a compromise should be reached on Kosovo.

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