Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, met on Wednesday with Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babiš to discuss developments around the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral relations, Serbia’s European path and the regional situation.
The Serbian President thanked Prime Minister Babiš for his visit and underlined his country’s support to the Czech Republic in the fight against coronavirus.
“We express our support and sincere hope that the Czech Republic will succeed in overcoming the health challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and that it will effectively address all its consequences. I believe the Czech Republic, as well as the world in general, will soon return to normal life and economic flow,” said President Vučić, adding that he expects EU priorities in the coming period to be focused on economic recovery, while that great attention will also be paid on health care matters.
President Vučić also expressed the expectation that the EU, despite the challenges faced globally, will continue to actively implement the enlargement policy and that Serbia will receive confirmation of a strong commitment on behalf of the EU to continue and deepen cooperation with the region.
“We highly appreciate the Czech Republic’s continued support for accelerating the European integration process of the Republic of Serbia, both bilaterally and within the V4, and we expect the Czech Republic to continue to influence our reform efforts in order for them to be adequately valorised,” President Vučić reiterated and stated that full EU membership remains the strategic foreign policy goal of Serbia.
The President added that Serbia remains fully committed to the reform process and its European integration with the clear goal of full membership in the EU.
President Vučić and Prime Minister Babiš agreed that further strengthening of traditionally good and friendly, without open issues, bilateral relations, as well as maintaining the intensity of meetings at the highest political level, should remain a priority in the future.
“Serbia wants to intensify its economic relations with the Czech Republic, which includes a further increase in trade. We believe that, despite the achieved result of foreign trade exchange between Serbia and the Czech Republic, which in 2020 reached a value of almost 1.2 billion euros, we should continue to further support the improvement of economic cooperation and a greater inflow of Czech investments in our country,” said President Vučić, adding that in 2020 foreign trade volume with the Czech Republic was 1.16 billion euros, making the country its 11th foreign trade partner last year.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš expressed his satisfaction with his visit to Serbia and emphasized that Serbia has shown seriousness and responsibility in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, setting an example for many countries in Europe and the world.
He especially emphasized the traditionally good relations between Serbia and the Czech Republic, which are characterized by historical ties and years of friendship, Slavic closeness and affinity between the two peoples, as well as the solidarity shown in fateful historical moments. /ibna