x

Politics

Greek and Serbian FMs Agree on Need for Closer Bilateral Cooperation

BELGRADE — Bilateral relations, developments in the broader Western Balkan region, expanding economic cooperation, regional security and Serbia's European course were the main topics discussed during a meeting between Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković on Monday.

They noted the need for closer cooperation in all areas and determination in implementing all the targets of the Joint Statement signed at the 3rd Greece-Serbia High-Level Cooperation Council held in Athens in December 2019.

Dendias is carrying out an official visit to Serbia accompanied by Rural Development and Food Minister Spilios Livanos and Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis.

During a joint press conference, Dendias repeated Greece's full support the European prospects of Serbia and all the Western Balkan countries. He said that Greece wants to cooperate with and desires the development of all countries in the region, adding that the Balkans should build channels of communication and cooperation and not cultivate intolerance or religious fanaticism.

Referring to a strong Turkish presence in the region, Dendias said that this sought to increase its influence using the economy and religion. He announced his intention to visit Turkey but only if Ankara ceased its provocative behaviour and illegal actions.

The Greek minister agreed that regional cooperation must include all countries and with Selaković's proposal for a trilateral meeting between Greece, Serbia and North Macedonia held on the island of Corfu once the pandemic permits.

Dendias also conveyed the congratulations of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the Serbian government for the progress of its vaccine rollout and urged Serbs to visit Greece for their holidays in the summer.

On Kosovo, the Greek minister deplored the lack of progress in finding a solution and said that Greece is willing, at Serbia's request, to mediate for a resumption of talks.

Selaković thanked the Greek government for supporting Serbia's European course and said that cooperation must be enhanced in all areas, referring especially to the road and rail links with the ports of Thessaloniki and Piraeus.

He announced that Serbia will cover a part of its energy needs from Alexandroupolis once the connection with Bulgaria is completed.

The Serbian minister also revealed that, in honour of the 200-year anniversary since the Greek Revolution, a road in Belgrade will be named after the first Greek governor Ioannis Kapodistrias.

RELATED

ATHENS - As he did when it happened a year ago, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said those responsible for a head-0n train crash that killed 57 people would be held accountable, although none have yet.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

NYC Officials Shutter Furniture Store Illegally Converted to House More than 40 Migrants

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City furniture store that had been illegally converted into sleeping quarters for more than 40 migrants has been shut down by city officials.

Inflation has hit most of the economy, but that’s hardly the case with airfare.

LARISA, Greece - Much of Greece’s agricultural heartland in Thessaly and surrounding plains is still a lake, five months after floods washed over the area, leaving farmers and other businesses adrift.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.