The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, had a series of contacts with the political and state leadership of Serbia during his visit to Belgrade.
Osmani met with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, declaring during the meeting that good relations between the two countries are of great importance for the whole region and referred to “Mini Schengen” as an example of successful cooperation for the good of people participating in this initiative.
President Vuiqiiq also stressed the importance of the Memorandum signed by Serbia, Northern Macedonia and Albania, which allows mutual assistance and cooperation of their health systems for the treatment of patients with covid-19, according to a press release issued by the Office of Press and Presidency
Aleksandar Vucic talked to Osmani about strengthening good neighborly relations and resolving all issues through dialogue, as well as improving economic co-operation and mutual support on the European path.
He cited specific projects that would contribute to better ties and economic co-operation between the two countries, such as modernizing the railway to Skopje and strengthening border infrastructure.
Osmani thanked for the donation of the vaccine, which President Vucic handed over to Prime Minister Zaev on Sunday, and which allowed the vaccination of the citizens of Northern Macedonia to begin, and, as he said, raised new hopes.
Aleksandar Vucic also said that Serbia supports the European integration of Northern Macedonia. The interlocutors also discussed improving the position of Serbs in northern Macedonia and Macedonians in Serbia.
Bujar Osmani then met with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to discuss strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries through improving economic co-operation and political dialogue.
Prime Minister Brnabic stressed that Serbia is very interested in strengthening bilateral relations and developing regional cooperation within the “Mini Schengen”, noting that this initiative is of great importance for the economic development of all countries involved in the process, according to a Serbian government announcement.
She stressed that organizing intergovernmental meetings is an excellent platform for reaching an agreement on the next steps to improve economic and trade co-operation and stronger relations between Serbia and northern Macedonia.
Minister Osmani also thanked the Prime Minister of Serbia for donating the vaccines, emphasizing that it is an important gesture and an expression of sincere solidarity, which allowed the start of vaccination in Northern Macedonia.
The interlocutors reaffirmed their mutual support on the path to EU membership, the statement added.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ivica Dačić, received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, where he stated at yesterday’s meeting that the friendship between the two countries was further strengthened during the pandemic.
Dacic assessed that the bilateral relations between Serbia and Northern Macedonia are good, which, as he emphasizes, is evidenced by the intensive political dialogue and exchange of visits at the highest and highest levels, according to the announcement by the Serbian National Assembly.
The Speaker of the Serbian Parliament expressed his readiness to continue working to improve bilateral co-operation and strengthen ties between the two countries.
He stressed that the friendship between the two countries and the two peoples was further strengthened in these difficult times and that the donation of vaccines given by Serbia, as a sign of solidarity for Northern Macedonia, supports this.
Osmani agreed that relations between the two countries are developing in the right direction and stressed that the priority of the Government of Northern Macedonia is cooperation with countries in the region and that, consequently, his first visit as Minister of Foreign Affairs was to Serbia. .
He stressed the importance of ongoing political dialogue because this is the best way to resolve all issues.
He again thanked the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, for donating the vaccines to the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, a few days ago.
The interlocutors agreed that the good practice of cooperation that already exists through the mechanism of joint meetings of the governments of the two countries and the work of the Joint Committee should continue.
Possibilities of strengthening parliamentary cooperation were discussed and it was agreed to intensify contacts and visits between parliamentary friendship groups and parliamentary committees, but also to organize visits in the near future at the level of Speakers of Parliaments.
At the meeting of the two counterparts of Serbia and Northern Macedonia, Nikola Selakovic and Bujar Osmani, issues of common interest were discussed, focusing on bilateral, regional and Community processes. They pledged to continue cultivating good neighborly relations and promoting general political and economic cooperation.