“Serbia wants its relations with the United States to be the foundation of our future progress, development and stability,” said Serbian Ambassador to Washington Marko Đurić at the virtual celebration of Serbia’s Statehood Day, organized by the embassy.
Đurić reminded that this day is commemorated in memory of February 15, 1835, when Serbia adopted the first modern, liberal constitution, but he also reminded of the beginning of the First Serbian Uprising, which, as he said, was the Serbian revolution.
He pointed out that Serbia was among the first countries to reject feudalism, and that today, 217 years later, it is a modern and democratic country, striving to be a leader in economic development, democratic reforms and integration in the region and part of the world.
He also reminded that this year marks the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Serbia and the United States.
– We now have the responsibility to fulfill the expectations and dreams of our ancestors, to preserve the relations that were so valuable for the development and progress of our region, but also to achieve the common goals of Serbia and the United States – said Đurić.
He pointed out that Serbs and Americans were allies and partners in both world wars.
According to him, we should not forget that Serbia lost one third of its population in the First World War, fighting for freedom, and that in the Second World War, Serbia and the United States fought together with all their might, opposing Nazism.
He pointed out that in his mandate he wants to tell a story of friendship and success, sending a greeting at the end: “Long live Serbia, long live America!”
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer also reminded that this year marks the 140th anniversary of the signing of the consular agreement between Serbia and the United States, which, as he said, entered a new era that continues to this day.
“Throughout history, we have been partners and allies in happy and tragic times, and we fought together in two epic wars that reshaped Europe, shook the world and created the geopolitical landscape in which we now live,” Palmer said.
He reminded that in July 1918, the then American President Woodrow Wilson ordered the Serbian flag to be raised next to the American one at the White House as a gesture of friendship and solidarity, as well as a series of examples of US assistance to Serbia.
He also pointed out that the United States could not repay the Serbian families who provided a home for 500 American pilots in the Second World War in Operation Halliard.
He also said that Americans and Serbs influence each other’s lives through art, literature, science and sports, highlighting the incredible discoveries of Nikola Tesla, Mihajlo Pupin, as well as the contribution of David Vujic, a member of the Apollo 7 team who sent the man. on the Moon.
Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.
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