Serbia attaches special importance to friendship and strategic partnership with Azerbaijan

27. Dec 2021.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic had talks today with Ambassador of Azerbaijan Kamil Khasiyev.

Minister Selakovic stated that Serbia attached special importance to friendship and strategic partnership with Azerbaijan, especially bearing in mind that it was based on mutual understanding in terms of respect for the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In this context, he expressed special gratitude to Azerbaijan for its unequivocal and firm stance on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, as well as for its support to Serbia's position within international organizations, emphasizing the importance of both countries' commitment to the principles of international law.

Selakovic recalled his successful visit to Baku this year and the very good talks he had with Minister Bayramov on the sidelines of the Commemorative Event of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade, which Serbia and Azerbaijan successfully co-organized in October, emphasizing that he hoped that a visit by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev would take place in the period ahead, especially bearing in mind that our two countries celebrate an important anniversary next year – 25 years of diplomatic relations. In that sense, the interlocutors agreed to harmonize a plan of joint activities at the level of the two Foreign Ministries to mark this anniversary next year.

When it comes to economic cooperation, Selakovic pointed out that it did not match the excellent bilateral political relations and underlined that it was necessary to work on its intensification. He added that the Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation was a very important tool for its strengthening and that all practical opportunities it offered should be used.

The Minister expressed confidence that the recently signed Agreement on mutual abolition of visas would significantly facilitate the flow of people and have a positive effect on cooperation, especially in the fields of economy and tourism. He also said that an establishment of a direct flight between our capitals would additionally contribute to the overall relations.

The interlocutors exchanged experiences of their countries in the fight against the coronavirus, and Selakovic thanked Azerbaijan for the assistance it provided to our country on several occasions.