Di Maio and Brnabic confirm a strategic partnership between Italy and Serbia

The Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio stated yesterday in Belgrade that there was a special bond between Serbia, Italy and their peoples, and that Serbia enjoys Italy’s support on many issues while fostering strategic partnership.

At the meeting with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Di Maio said that the two countries have had a strategic partnership for ten years and praised Serbia’s remarkable progress in reform processes, mainly in the economy, as demonstrated by the many Italian investors operating in the Serbian market.

Di Maio also underlined that Italy supports Serbia’s accession effort, both for the results achieved in the reforms implemented and for the fact that Serbia represents an important factor of stability in the Western Balkans region.

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The Italian Foreign Minister expressed Italy’s support for the continuation of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and said that more support and mediation by the European Union was needed to find a solution.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Brnabic thanked Minister Di Maio for his continued support for Serbia’s European integration process and for his continued commitment to the enlargement agenda within the European Union, as well as for the presence of Italian soldiers from the KFOR mission, which, she explained, is of great importance for the security of Serbs and all citizens living in Kosovo, and for the protection of religious sites.

The Prime Minister also noted that Italy is one of the biggest investors and the most important economic partners of Serbia, as demonstrated by the fact that Italian companies employ 26,000 workers in Serbia, and expressed her conviction that that cooperation will be even stronger in the future.

She said she is expecting the fourth joint session of the two governments soon, during which cooperation on innovation and entrepreneurship of start-ups, science and research would be discussed.

Di Maio said that the Italian government has set up a programme relating to international cooperation and innovation partnerships and that cooperation with Serbia would be of mutual interest, adding that, in the future, the focus in the region should be on investments in innovation, digitization, new technologies and educating young people.

Finally, they discussed the possibility of organizing an economic forum that would, among other things, focus on cooperation in the field of innovation.

(Danas, 10.02.2020)


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