Vucic with Mitsotakis: Serbia and Greece have always supported each other's territorial integrity

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Source: Kosovo Online

After a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated that Serbia had always supported Greece's territorial integrity and that Greece had respected Serbia's territorial integrity, expressing hope that this would continue in the future. The Greek Prime Minister emphasized that Greece's stance on Kosovo remained unchanged and that European mediation and dialogue were the only paths for the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

"Serbia and Greece have consistently supported each other's territorial integrity. I believe this will continue in the future," Vucic said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Mitsotakis.

He conveyed that during the meeting, they had discussed all aspects of bilateral cooperation, noting that this year marked the 145th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and he expressed his belief that this year would witness significant progress in economic cooperation and the organization of the fourth high-level cooperation council.

"We had an open, honest, and friendly discussion on all important issues. Prime Minister Mitsotakis informed me about many matters that, due to our non-EU status, are not as familiar to me. I understand Greece and Europe's interests, and we agree that Greece is one of Serbia's significant, important, and sincere supporters within the EU. The question arises: Does Serbia have other alternatives, paths, does it want to be part of the EU, and does Europe want Serbia to be part of the Union?" Vucic stated.

In that regard, he emphasized that Serbia, despite various issues, remained firmly committed to continuing and accelerating its European path.

"However, I have also said that Europe may not always be pleased with all our moves, but they must understand that we also expect support for Serbia on its journey," Vucic stressed.

He noted that they had also discussed the Expo 2027 agenda, adding, "It is our dream to reach the end of 2027 with a total GDP of 100 billion euros."

"We need the support of our Greek friends. I am proud of today's forum; there could have been 200 Greek companies present, not just the 35 here today. We thank everyone, and paradoxically, Serbia has no problem with money. Our issue is how to implement all the plans for which we have secured funding. We do not have enough companies to carry out all that we need to accomplish in the years ahead," the Serbian President conveyed.

He added that they had also discussed energy, oil pipelines, gas pipelines, gas purchases, renewable energy sources, wind farms, solar parks, battery parks, energy balancing, and vital energy and transportation infrastructure.

"We are currently constructing the Belgrade-Nis high-speed railway. The railway to North Macedonia is nearing completion, and the section through Macedonia needs to be bridged. Greece will work to ensure this," the President of Serbia stated.

Mitsotakis: Greece's stance on Kosovo remains unchanged

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasized that Greece's stance on Kosovo remained unchanged and that they considered European mediation and dialogue the only paths for the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

"You know that our stance on Kosovo remains unchanged. We believe that European mediation and dialogue are the only paths for the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, and we think it would significantly contribute to regional stability," Mitsotakis said at a press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

According to him, Greece has been closely monitoring the events in Kosovo in recent months. He mentioned that the President of Serbia had also informed him of his commitment to normalizing relations.

He stated that they had discussed security in the region and Europe, with Greece remaining committed to respecting international law. He added that they had also talked about the situation in the Middle East and Ukraine.

"We share common positions and are guided by international law," he stated.

He also emphasized that Greece was probably Serbia's most stable supporter on the path to the EU.

"We stand by you and support you. I have spoken numerous times in Brussels about enlargement," Mitsotakis said, expressing his belief that last year's decisions regarding Ukraine, Moldova, and Bosnia and Herzegovina should be utilized by Belgrade.

He expressed satisfaction with Serbia's clear intention to join the EU. As he said, there is a European future for Serbia and the Western Balkans, and there is no future for the EU without the Western Balkans in the Union.

"Membership is our strategic goal. By accelerating reforms, you will move closer to the EU, and I believe that significant progress can be made by 2024," the Greek Prime Minister stated.

Mitsotakis said that Greece was determined to cooperate with Serbia at all levels, particularly interested in cooperation in the energy sector and transport.

Vucic welcomed Mitsotakis with a formal reception this morning, followed by a tête-à-tête meeting, and then the delegations of the two countries held discussions.

As part of the state-economic visit at the Palace of Serbia, the Serbian-Greek Economic Forum will be held, organized by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Greek Embassy. In addition to Vucic and Mitsotakis, Finance Minister Sinisa Mali will also address the forum.