The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Dr Vladimir Orlic had a number of bilateral meetings today, on the sidelines of the 11th Meeting of Speakers of Parliaments of South-Eastern Europe. The first bilateral meeting of the host, Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly Laszlo Kover, was with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, which was a special honour for our country.
In the course of the meeting, the heads of parliament once again confirmed that bilateral relations between Serbia and Hungary are at the highest level in modern history, thanks primarily to the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. They expressed willingness to continue with the intensive contacts between the two parliaments in the future, which would contribute to the further strengthening of strategic cooperation.
Speaker Kover stressed that Hungary's support for Serbia's European path is unquestionable. "The European Union needs your country," Kover said. Dr Orlic thanked Hungary for the strong support shown at every occasion, saying: "Entire Serbia and its people stand behind the words President Aleksandar Vucic repeated several times: Hungary will always have a sincere and loyal friend in Serbia."
In the course of his stay in Budapest, Dr Orlic also had a separate meeting with the Speaker of the Italian Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies Lorenzo Fontana, with whom he discussed the further improvement of bilateral relations, which, they assessed, are close and dynamic.
Speaker Fontana said that the overall cooperation between the two countries should be additionally intensified, especially parliamentary cooperation at all levels, which, he said, would contribute to our European path, which Italy strongly supports.
Speaker Orlic emphasised that Italy is one of our country’s most important economic and investment partners, adding that in 2022 the two countries recorded an exceptional volume of goods exchange. "We want to continue the cooperation we have achieved so far with your country and jointly achieve even greater and more significant successes in the future," said the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. He was especially grateful for the help of the Italian Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies in sharing the entire documentation and results of the research into the consequences of the use of depleted uranium.
The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia also met with Montenegrin Parliament Speaker Andrija Mandic, whom he once again congratulated on being elected to this important post. In the course of the conversation, they agreed that political dialogue at all levels shows good dynamics and the cooperation between the two parliaments is excellent, confirming their willingness to contribute to it additionally through personal involvement. At the same time, they expressed their commitment to additional intensification of constructive and comprehensive cooperation, as well as joint work on important infrastructure projects such as highways and railways that will connect our countries even better in the future, including the exchange of experiences concerning European integration.
Speaker Orlic informed all the interlocutors in Budapest in detail about the difficult situation in Kosovo-Metohija and the terror Albin Kurti is carrying out against the Serbian people. "We demand that the terrible violence finally stops, that Pristina fulfils its obligations and finally establishes the Community of Serb Municipalities - exactly as it was signed eleven years ago. We expect everyone's support for our call. Serbia remains determined to return to dialogue, as the only real way to reach a solution and continues to pursue the policy of preserving peace, stability and working together for further progress - the policy of the President of the Republic, Aleksandar Vucic," said Dr Orlic.