The Republic of Serbia is considered the successor state to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). Diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia were established in 2000. The U.S. Embassy reopened in May 2001, and an Ambassador to Serbia was appointed in November of that same year.
Serbia occupies a key strategic juncture in the Balkans at the social, political, and geographic crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe. The United States seeks to strengthen its relationship with Serbia by deepening cooperation based on mutual interest and respect. The United States wants Serbia to be part of a stable Balkan region and we pursue this by supporting Serbia’s integration into European institutions, helping normalize Serbia’s relations with Kosovo, strengthening the rule of law, partnering on security issues, and promoting economic growth.
Serbia opened European Union accession negotiations in January 2014 and has embraced the goal of EU membership as a top priority. The U.S. Government’s assistance goals in Serbia include supporting Serbia’s EU accession path and strengthening Serbia’s capacity to counter terrorism and transnational crime, combat corruption, and participate in international peacekeeping missions. U.S.-funded programs increase the institutional capacity of key government bodies, strengthen the rule of law, promote the development of civil society, increase media independence, and create conditions for inclusive economic growth. Today, the U.S. embassy is in Belgrade. For more information on our relationship with Serbia, please click here.
Source, United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.