At the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korcoko, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovič arrived in Bratislava on Thursday for an official visit.
The ministers assessed the mutual cooperation, agreeing that there is still room for strengthening in the economic and trade area. An excellent opportunity for this will be the intergovernmental Slovak-Serbian Commission for Economic Cooperation, which will take place on November 10, 2021 in Bratislava under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy.
It will also include a business forum. “In terms of trade and especially investment activities of companies, Serbia is the most important Slovak partner of Slovakia in the region. At the same time, we have many business partners, that mutual trade has room for further growth, many untapped opportunities in sectors where Slovakia has something to provide Serbia, “ declared Minister Korčok.
In the context of the Slovak national minority in Vojvodina, Minister Korčok thanked his partner for Serbia’s initiative to include naive art from Kovačice on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The partners also spoke about the current situation in the region, including the state of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, led by a specific EU representative, Miroslav Lajčák.
As Minister Korčok confirmed: “The Slovak Republic supports the continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina as well as the continued implementation of commitments based on the termination of all commitments, we expect that the dialogue will result in a legally binding agreement that clearly defines the relationship between the two parties.”
Selakovic praised Slovakia’s support in Serbia’s accession to the EU. In this context, the head of Slovak diplomacy confirmed the readiness of the Slovak Republic to continue supporting the reform processes: “I am convinced that the future of Serbia and the region as a whole is in the EU and that our reform efforts will continue to be renewed in our support for the country’s further progress in the integration process.”