Austria leader hails Serbian role for regional security

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen says Western Balkan countries need courage and vision to be part of EU

Austria leader hails Serbian role for regional security

Austrian president on Thursday said Serbia has a key role in the stability and security of the Western Balkans as well as in the European Union (EU) membership.

Speaking at the 8th Belgrade Security Forum held in Serbian capital Belgrade, Alexander Van der Bellen said the Western Balkan countries need courage and vision to be part of the EU.

Bellen said the countries of the region have undergone major economic and political changes, adding they need to find solutions to their problems before joining the EU.

"Countries that are on their way to becoming an EU member should take many steps. I hope [accession to] EU continues to exist as their goal," said Bellen.

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