“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Friday wished a happy Easter to the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) clergy and believers.

The country’s majority Christian denomination – Eastern Orthodox – this year celebrates Easter on April 8.

In his message, Vucic extended his greetings to all believers who celebrate Easter ‘according to the Julian calendar’ – and added, ‘in the holiday spirit of resurrection, let us remind ourselves of the timeless values of the Orthodox faith – love, forgiveness, tolerance, peace, mutual appreciation and understanding.’

‘I wish that you share the joy of the greatest Christian holiday with your loved ones, and that you spend Easter days in peace, love, and spiritual well-being. Christ is risen!’

Earlier on Good Friday, Foreign Minister and First Deputy PM also extended his greetings ‘to the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), the clergy, the monastic community, and the believers who celebrate the holiday according to the Julian calendar.'” (B92)

“‘The personal relation between the German chancellor Angela Merkel and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic seems to be quite strong. I would always argue that this is a good thing – also because it makes it easier to voice disagreement and seek common solutions,’ said Patrick Keller, coordinator for foreign and security policy in Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin, in an interview with Danas daily.

The opposition and all those in Serbia who do not support president Vucic are frustrated over the fact that Chancellor Merkel strongly supports him. For instance, she received him shortly before 2017 presidential and the recent local elections in Belgrade, which seemed to be a clear sign of support.

Keller said that ‘it is always better to have a close personal relationship especially if you want to influence the other.’ ‘There seems to be a particularly close relationship between Merkel and Vucic,’ he added.” (IBNA)

“President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, on the eve of his visit to Mostar tomorrow, spoke with a Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic.

President Vucic and Member of the Presidency Izetbegovic discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and overall relations in the region, the President’s Media Relations Service said.

The two interlocutors agreed that peace and stability in the region are conditions for the overall progress of all and that, therefore, with their dedicated and dedicated work together, they will give their full contribution to bilateral and regional cooperation.

President Vucic and Chairperson Izetbegovic stressed the need to take concrete steps that would lead to resolving open issues, in particular accelerating the demarcation between Serbia and BiH.” (translated from Vecernje Novosti)