New FM takes over office from Jeremić

BELGRADE -- Serbia’s new Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has taken over office from Vuk Jeremić and said that his predecessor “flew the country’s flag high”.

Ivan Mrkić and Vuk Jeremić (Tanjug)
Ivan Mrkić and Vuk Jeremić (Tanjug)

He added that Serbia was now “easily visible on the political map of the world”.

“Jeremić left a deep impression in the diplomacy by running it for five years,” the new minister said.

Mrkić underscored that Jeremić had been a very successful foreign minister and added that he would try to follow in his footsteps.

Jeremić wished him and the government luck in facing “serious challenges”.

“The fact that he was elected as a UN General Assembly president shows how many results Jeremić achieved,” Mrkić said and offered Jeremić all the help in his work as the UNGA president.

The new foreign minister said that he saw his new job as a great honor, obligation and responsibility and pointed out that he would do his best to responsibly, honorably and professionally perform his duties.

Commenting on his mandate, Jeremić said he was honored to serve his country in a period that was not simple when it comes to the foreign policy.

He expressed hope that the new leadership would learn from mistakes and take advantage of successes that had been reached.

The former minister stressed that Serbia was the first Western Balkan country that would preside over OSCE, have a UNGA president and energetically opposed secession of a part of its territory, which showed that Serbia had managed to restore its reputation.

“I believe that the Foreign Ministry under new foreign minister will continue to represent Serbia’s interests at the international scene in the best possible way,” Jeremić noted.

Mrkić is a career diplomat who worked at the Federal Secretariat for Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Ministry.

He served at the Yugoslav mission to the UN, as an ambassador to Cyprus from 1993 to 1999, and to Japan from 2006 to 2011. He became a state secretary with the Foreign Ministry in 2011.

He is known to the public as the chief of staff of the president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Dobrica Ćosić, from 1992 to 1993.