Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić was received on Friday in Athens by his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias. The two men had the opportunity to discuss all important issues in the field of bilateral cooperation, as well as current issues to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In statements made by the Serbian Foreign Minister, he said that “I am very happy to visit today my dear friend and the friendly country of Greece. With this visit, we showed the level of friendship we cultivate with each other.
I expressed my satisfaction with the cooperation during this crisis and expressed my desire to normalize all aspects of life as soon as possible, starting with political contacts, normalizing our economies and starting our companies to operate”.
Continuing, Ivica Dačić stressed that “what citizens are most interested in is when they will be able to travel. I announced our decision that the citizens of Greece will be able to travel to Serbia without restrictions, without testing or the need to be quarantined. Minister Dendias told me that from June 15, he will be able to do the same in the opposite direction, so that the citizens of Serbia can come to Greece without tests and other restrictive measures”.
“I have asked Minister Dendias to represent our views in Brussels that this measure should also be implemented in accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, so that from 1 July, Serbian citizens can travel to EU Member States without restrictions”, the Serbian Foreign Minister noted.
He went on to say that “we expect a large number of our tourists in Greece, but I must also say that 50,000 thousand Greek tourists were in Serbia last year”.
As for the individual discussions, Dačić said that “today, we discussed our bilateral cooperation with political interests and mutual support – in terms of territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Greece supports our territorial integrity with regard to Kosovo. Also, as far as the territorial integrity of Greece is concerned, we fully support the law and we are against all the challenges that come from different sides of their neighbors, and in relation to their territorial integrity and sovereignty”.
“Continuing our friendly relations, we will also have trilateral contacts and we are looking forward to the meeting of the Supreme Cooperation Council between Greece and Serbia by the end of the year. This is a specific meeting, we are still living facing the circumstances and struggles of Covid-19, but also a reality with the pandemic.
For his part, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, in a written statement about his meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić, noted that he was particularly pleased to welcome his friend the Serbian Foreign Minister.
“We had the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on various issues, as well as ways to strengthen our already excellent relations. The ties between the two countries are strong and stem from the timeless friendship of our peoples and our common religious, cultural tradition”, said the Greek Foreign Minister.
“At the political level, the excellent relations between the two countries were sealed by the 3rd Meeting of the Greek-Serbian Supreme Cooperation Council held last December in Athens and led to the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership Strategy, which is an important tool for deepening our multidimensional relationships.
In addition, we discussed the coronavirus pandemic and expressed our willingness to work with a wide range of sectors to address its impact, both in our countries and in our wider region”, said Nikos Dendias.
“As for Serbia’s European perspective, I have reaffirmed our country’s continued support. The main goal of Greek foreign policy is to integrate the countries of the Western Balkans into the European family. EU membership will provide the necessary conditions for the creation of a space for peace, stability and security, without outside interventions that destabilize the region. Serbia has also taken significant steps towards EU membership.
Regarding the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, I reiterated that our country’s position on the Kosovo regime remains unchanged until a final agreement is reached”, the Greek foreign minister added.
“We also had the opportunity to discuss the historically significant signing of the EEZ demarcation agreement between Greece and Italy. An agreement that is serves as an example for concluding and resolving outstanding bilateral disputes, with mutually beneficial results, always within the framework of international law and good neighborly relations”.
“Finally, I also tapped on the recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean with special emphasis on Turkey’s activity, which continues to operate in a way that endangers peace and stability in the region”, the written statement of Nikos Dendias concludes. /ibna