The Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, had a series of contacts with the political and state leadership of Serbia during his visit to Belgrade.
Osmani met with the President of Serbia, with Aleksandar Vučić stating during the meeting that good relations between the two countries are of utmost importance for the whole region and referred to “Mini Schengen” as an example of successful cooperation for the benefit of the people participating in this initiative.
President Vučić also stressed the importance of the Memorandum signed by Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania, which allows mutual assistance and cooperation of their health systems for the treatment of patients with covid-19, according to a press release issued by the Press Office of the Presidency.
Aleksandar Vučić spoke with Osmani about strengthening good neighbourly relations and resolving all issues through dialogue, as well as improving economic cooperation and mutual support on the European path.
He mentioned specific projects that will contribute to better connection and economic co-operation between the two countries, such as the modernization of the railway to Skopje and the strengthening of infrastructure at the border.
Osmani thanked for the vaccine donation, which President Vučić handed over to Prime Minister Zaev on Sunday, and which allowed the vaccination of citizens of North Macedonia to begin, and, as he said, raised new hopes.
Aleksandar Vučić also said that Serbia supports the European integration of North Macedonia. The interlocutors also discussed the improvement of the position of Serbs in North Macedonia, and of Macedonians in Serbia.
Bujar Osmani then met with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to discuss strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, through improving economic co-operation and political dialogue.
Prime Minister Brnabic stressed that Serbia is very interested in strengthening bilateral relations and developing regional co-operation within the “Mini Schengen”, noting that this initiative is of great importance for the economic development of all countries involved in the process, according to an announcement of the Serbian government.
She stressed that the organization of intergovernmental meetings is an excellent platform for reaching an agreement on future steps to improve economic and trade co-operation and stronger relations between Serbia and North Macedonia.
Minister Osmani also thanked the Prime Minister of Serbia for the donation of vaccines, emphasizing that it is an important gesture and an expression of sincere solidarity, which allowed for the start of vaccination in North Macedonia.
The interlocutors reaffirmed their mutual support on the road to EU membership, the statement added.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ivica Dačić, received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, where he stated at yesterday’s meeting that the friendship between the two countries was further strengthened during the pandemic.
Dačić assessed that the bilateral relations between Serbia and North Macedonia are good, which, as he points out, is evidenced by the intensive political dialogue and the exchange of visits at the highest and highest levels, according to the announcement by the Serbian National Assembly.
The Speaker of the Serbian Parliament expressed his readiness to continue working to improve bilateral co-operation and strengthen ties between the two countries.
He stressed that the friendship between the two countries and the two peoples was further strengthened in these difficult times, and that the donation of vaccines given by Serbia, as a sign of solidarity to North Macedonia, supports this.
Osmani agreed that the relations between the two countries are developing in the right direction and pointed out that the priority of the Government of North Macedonia is the cooperation with the countries of the region and that, consequently, his first visit as Minister of Foreign Affairs was to Serbia.
He stressed the importance of ongoing political dialogue because this is the best way to resolve all issues.
He thanked again the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, for donating vaccines to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, a few days ago.
The interlocutors agreed that the good practice of cooperation that already exists through the mechanism of joint meetings of the governments of the two countries and the work of the Joint Committee must continue.
The possibilities of strengthening the parliamentary cooperation were discussed and it was agreed to intensify the contacts and visits between the parliamentary friendship groups and the parliamentary committees, but also to organize visits in the near future at the level of parliamentary speakers.
At the meeting of the two counterparts of Serbia and North Macedonia, Nikola Selakovic and Bujar Osmani, issues of mutual interest were discussed, focusing on bilateral, regional and Community processes. They pledged to continue to cultivate good neighbourly relations and to promote overall political and economic cooperation./ibna