The Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis met at the Maximos Mansion with the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić, on the occasion of the participation of Ana Brnabić in the Delphi Forum.
During the meeting, Mitsotakis and Brnabić discussed the bilateral relations between Greece and Serbia and the possibilities for further expansion of the cooperation between the two countries, especially in the economy, with emphasis on energy and interconnection, as well as the strengthening of Serbia’s bid for EU membership. Mitsotakis and Ana Brnabić also exchanged views on regional co-operation issues.
At the beginning of the meeting, which took place in a very warm atmosphere, the Prime Minister of Serbia thanked Kyriakos Mitsotakis for the fact that Greece accepted the digital vaccination certificate for Serbian visitors as, as she said, this move also strengthens the vaccination campaign of Serbia.
“We look forward to welcoming Serbian tourists to Greece this summer. I know that we are a destination preferred by your citizens and we can ensure you a pleasant, but also a very safe stay in the country. And of course, for entering our country, we recognize all the vaccines that you have given to Serbia” noted Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
“First of all, I would like to thank you for unilaterally accepting the digital vaccination certificate. It means a lot to the people of Serbia. “I can assure you that they themselves are looking forward to coming to Greece this summer,” said Ana Brnabić. “It is an important support for us and for the vaccination process. “Because our citizens will want to be vaccinated, even so that they can come to Greece more easily,” she added.
“We look forward to continuing our economic cooperation to promote joint investments in infrastructure, as well as in the energy sector,” Brnabić said. “As I told you, I am not going to leave Athens if I do not have the date for your visit to Belgrade when we will be able to have the fourth meeting of the Supreme Cooperation Council (SCC),” she added.
“At the last Cooperation Council, on December 19, which took place here in Athens, chaired by President Vučić, we signed the strategic partnership agreement. “So we look forward to continuing with the fourth summit in Belgrade,” the Serbian prime minister added.
“On other issues, I look forward to discussing with you the issue of the date of signing the Memorandum of Understanding on the abolition of roaming charges,” Brnabić said.
Regarding the level of infrastructure projects, the Prime Minister of Serbia said that “we want to promote the railway connection from the port of Piraeus to Budapest. “By the end of the year, the Belgrade-Novi Sad high-speed railway connection will be completed, and then in September we will continue from Novi Sad to the border with Hungary.”
She went on to say that in the first quarter of next year, the high-speed railway line will start from Belgrade to the city of Niš and then to the border with North Macedonia.
“Then we expect to continue to Northern Macedonia and then to Thessaloniki and then Piraeus. Something that is also very important to us is the diversification of gas supply sources. “Most likely, the gas pipeline to Bulgaria will start in October and then we hope to connect it with the port of Alexandroupolis”, concluded Ana Brnabić.
Earlier, the Prime Minister of Serbia met with the President of the Hellenic Republic Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou / ibna