14 grudnia, 2019

Greek PM Mitsotakis meets with Serbian President Vučić

On Wednesday PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to reaffirm the  relations between Greece and Serbia. The Strategic Partnership Agreement between Greece and Serbia has been signed. During the meeting Greek PM Mistotakis thanked President Vucic for his stance, noting that Serbia is not an European Union member-state but a candidate country. He stressed that Greece fully supports and intends to provide know-how to assist its accession.

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis shakes hands with Serbian President
        Aleksandar Vucic in front of Maximos Mansion. Photo by Eurokinissi/
Tatiana Bollari

Both leaders discussed Serbian interest in the northeast ports of Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis. Serbia is keen to have a role in developing transport corridors between Europe and Asia, mainly driven by the Chinese government’s new Silk Road economic policy. Greek and North Adriatic ports are both under consideration. The new Silk Road  is an economic strategy to seek better access for Chinese-made products in European markets, which includes acquiring stakes in ports and other transport facilities, and cooperation agreements with countries along the Silk Road routes. The Serbian President stressed that Serbia fully supports Greece regarding its maritime borders.

Mitsotakis welcomed the Serbian president’s statement about his country’s readiness to buy natural gas from the pipelines.

Both parties also discussed infrastructure investments, including the Belgrade-Nis railway upgrade and the planned upgrading of the section to the border with Northern Macedonia, which will reinforce the role of Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports as cargo transit.

Source:  Government of Serbia, The National Herald,
publication: Patrycja Zając