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Serbia's Musical FM Serenades Turkey’s Erdogan

Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic, known for his fondness for singing at official events, grabbed the microphone again during Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to Belgrade.

Filip Rudic
BIRN
Belgrade
Dacic singing to Erdogan. Photo: Twitter screenshot/Murat Kinaci

Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic, has again demonstrated his singing skills by serenading Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a dinner that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic organised for him in Belgrade on Tuesday.

After singing "O sole mio" and the popular Serbian song "Miljacka", Dacic ventured into songs in Turkish language. Reportedly, the performance left President Vucic roaring with laughter.

The Serbian Foreign Minister has performed on many occasions, both formal and informal, sometimes wowing his guests, but also drawing criticism for his perceived lack of seriousness.

"Whenever he has a chance Dacic grabs it and embarasses the nation," one unimpressed person commented on Twitter.

Others compared him to a jester and commented on feelings of "embarassment" at watching the country's Foreign Minister sing.

Dacic also sang at the presidential inauguration of Vucic in June, and earlier, at the Balkan summit in Paris in 2016, fulfilling Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s birthday wish.

As Prime Minister, in 2013, Dacic grabbed a microphone to entertain movie stars Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko when they were in Belgrade filming a movie.

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