Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni arrived in Serbia on Sunday for her first official visit to the country since she took office.
She met with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic with whom she discussed boosting the cooperation between the two countries, as well as Serbia’s accession to the EU, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the war in Ukraine.
Vucic confirmed that he and Meloni talked about important issues, adding that he believed that her arrival would further improve the relations between the two countries.
He also said that the political and economic relations between Serbia and Italy are good, underlining that the trade between the two countries amounted to 4.6 billion euro.
“I believe it will be much higher when Stellantis starts producing electric Pandas in the Kragujevac plant,” said Vucic.
The two officials also discussed regional issues and Serbia’s accession to the EU.
“I am especially grateful to the Prime Minister for Italy’s essential and persistent support for Serbia on its path to the EU membership and I am especially grateful to Giorgia for always wanting to hear our opinion, always having enough time to listen to what Serbia had to say and for not having a one-sided approach to problems in the region,” Serbian President underlined.
Meloni: Italy will always support Serbia in the Council of Europe
At a press conference, PM Meloni pointed out that Italy and Serbia have improved bilateral relations over the past period.
“The trade between our two countries, which is already exceptional, could be even better. Numerous Italian companies in Serbia employ 150,000 people. Belgrade is the first city in the world where several renowned Italian companies have opened their branches,” said Meloni.
She emphasised that Italy would always support Serbia in the Council of Europe and added that Italy would continue to support the enlargement process, which she called “the reunification of Europe”.
“President Vucic knows that he can count on Italy’s support in the Council of Europe,” said Meloni.
She also touched upon the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, stressing that she believed that Serbia would continue to have a constructive approach in the dialogue on and with Kosovo.
“Italy supports this process and we are working to ensure that both parties fulfil all the obligations they agreed to,” she concluded.
(Vreme, N1, 03.12.2023)
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