Christodoulides to Serbian FM: Your presence reflects our countries traditional friendship

Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković has chosen Cyprus and meeting Nikos Christodoulides as his first priority since assuming his position.

“We are indeed very honoured that Nikola has chosen to visit Cyprus on his first bilateral visit abroad as Minister of Foreign Affairs,” said Cypriot Foreign Minister Christodoulides today after his meeting with Selaković.

“I wish to thank you for this also publicly, dear Nikola, as I know that your presence here today reflects the strength of the traditional ties of friendship between our countries and our peoples”, Christodoulides added.

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Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković meet on December 11, 2020.

Both the Serbian and Cypriot foreign minister’s expressed the high level of cooperation between their two countries and explored how they could deepen their ties.

A particular emphasis will be on economy and trade, education, culture and tourism and the institutionalization of cooperation between their corresponding diasporas.

“Towards this end, we have agreed that in 2021 — as soon as conditions allow — I will reciprocate by visiting Nikola in Belgrade, together with a business delegation from Cyprus, with a view to holding a business forum together that will add momentum to our trade relations”, Christodoulides said.

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Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković meet on December 11, 2020.

Christodoulides said he informed Selaković about Turkey’s illegal activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf of Cyprus, as well as by partially opening Varoshia in occupied Cyprus in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

“In relation to this, I of course expressed our deep appreciation for Serbia’s steadfast position and long-standing support”, said the Cypriot Foreign Minister.

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković.
Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković meet on December 11, 2020.

The Cypriot Foreign Minister then emphasized that his country is willing to help Serbia in anyway it can to become a European Union member, before highlighting that regarding Kosovo, “the long-standing position of Cyprus is well known and as I have assured Nikola today it remains firmly unchanged.”