The decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia to declare Hrvoje Šnajder, the first secretary at the Croatian Embassy in Serbia, as persona non grata has been met with a strong response from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. According to this ministry, the expulsion of the Croatian diplomat represents a step towards deterioration in mutual relations and further destabilization of sensitive regional political and security situations.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs expressed regret over this decision and rejected the grounds for expelling an accredited Croatian diplomat. They are concerned that this move will put additional pressure on employees at the Croatian embassy in Belgrade during the pre-election period in Serbia. In response, they reserve the right to respond to this move at their own time and manner.
The statement from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs was transmitted in its entirety, expressing concern about the impact that this decision could have on stability in South-Eastern Europe. The ministry believes that it is necessary for all parties involved to work together to build trust and maintain good relations between countries in order to avoid further escalation of tensions in the region.