Mutual interest of Serbia and Syria in strengthening traditional friendship

13. Oct 2021.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria, Fayssal Mekdad.

Selaković expressed his satisfaction with the fact that he is meeting with his Syrian colleague for the second time in only one month, as they recently spoke on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

During the conversation, the ministers expressed readiness to intensify the political dialogue and strengthen the traditional friendship, as well as mutual interest in improving economic cooperation.

On this occasion, Minister Selaković also thanked his interlocutor for Syria's firm and principled position on the non-recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of the so-called Kosovo and the commitment to respect international law, as well as for the support it provides to our territorial integrity and sovereignty in international organizations.

The head of Serbian diplomacy informed his interlocutor about Pristina's new brutal provocations in the north of Kosovo and Metohija and the wounding of a young man of Serbian nationality.

The interlocutors exchanged information on the situation in the Middle East, where Serbia, apart from Syria, has many traditional friends.

Selaković introduced Mekdad to the “World in Serbia” program, expressing the expectation that, in accordance with the tradition of educational cooperation established in the early days of the Non-Aligned Movement and the five-fold increase in the number of scholarships that our country shall provide starting next year, more students from Syria will have the opportunity to obtain their degrees in our country.