The US national holiday, Independence Day, commemorating 4 July 1776, was marked with a traditional reception at the residence of the American ambassador. On that day, 246 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was published. The ceremony began with the singing of the national anthems of the U.S. and Serbia which celebrated 140 years of diplomatic relations last year.
In his address to the dignitaries, U.S. Ambassador H.E. Christopher Hill said that the USA wants to be friends and partners of Serbia. “Our friends in Serbia, we want to understand you better. We look forward to building long-term relations based on the values we share and on common interests. We want to be friends, we want to be partners, and, depending on your determinations in the future, we want to be allies,” Ambassador Hill said.
The celebration was attended by the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, Speaker of the Assembly Ivica Dacić, Patriarch Porfirio, representatives of the diplomatic corps as well as institutions, religious communities, and the opposition.