The Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic welcomed in Nicosia the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, on Friday 30 November 2018, on the framework of the 2nd Intergovernmental Conference between the two countries.
After the official reception ceremony, the two Presidents had a private meeting, while on the margins of the meeting, Ministers of the two Governments held separate meetings on their own matters. There followed wider talks between the delegations of the two countries.
Subsequently, Memoranda of Understanding between the Republic of Cyprus and Serbia were signed.
In particular, a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations, a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of European Integration, a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Diaspora, and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Education, and a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Field of Sport were signed.
On Cyprus’ side participated the Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Interior Minister Konstantinos Petridis, Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism George Kakiaouris, Education and Culture Kostas Hamiyouris, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromos and the EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Fotis Fotiou.
Afterwards, Nicos Anastasiades and Aleksandar Vucic held a joint press conference. The Cypriot President referred to the possibility of a new tripartite co-operation between Cyprus and Greece, with the aim of promoting peace, stability and security in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. “The talks will continue along with Greece and I hope that we will have positive announcements soon, early in 2019”, Anastasiades added.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic confirmed that two important meetings will be held next year; the Third Intergovernmental Conference between Cyprus and Serbia and the Trilateral Meeting of Greece, Cyprus and Serbia.
The talks between the two men revolved around bilateral and regional issues, while Nicos Anastasiades briefed his counterpart on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue and the energy planning of the Republic of Cyprus, while the Serbian President referred to the Belgrade-Pristina talks and the latest developments between the two countries. The two leaders also discussed the European perspective of Serbia and of the countries of the Western Balkans.
At the end of the 2nd Intergovernmental Conference, a Joint Communiqué was issued./IBNA