The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Dr Vladimir Orlic met today with H.E. Annika Ben David, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Republic of Serbia. In the course of the meeting, the officials praised the constantly improving close and friendly relations, expressing their satisfaction with the 105 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Dr Orlic stressed that Serbia remains committed to further strengthening overall bilateral relations, among other things, through an active communication between the two parliaments. "The Parliamentary Friendship Group with the Kingdom of Sweden, recently established in the current legislature of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, will also strongly contribute to the matter," said the National Assembly Speaker. He went on to say that Sweden is the leading donor in Serbia in matters relating to environmental protection and combating climate change, expressing an interest in a comprehensive and broad cooperation in all areas, primarily in the economic sphere. He informed the Ambassador about the difficult situation in Kosovo-Metohija and the request that the Community of Serb Municipalities be formed without delay.
Ambassador Ben David praised the good relations between our two countries, mentioning the previous year’s visit of the Swedish Parliament Speaker. She opined that the two countries’ priority should be strengthening political dialogue and various forms of cooperation, with a special emphasis on economic relations. She reaffirmed Sweden’s support of Serbia’s European integration, expressing satisfaction with Belgrade’s constructive role and the reaching of an agreement on license plates in the talks recently held in Brussels. She said she expected to see concrete progress in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, with a clear need that all obligations assumed under the signed agreements to be implemented. She also spoke about the situation in Ukraine, highlighting the importance of aligning Serbia’s to the EU’s common foreign and security policy.
In tats regard, the National Assembly Speaker said that Belgrade remains committed to peace and stability, as well as the preservation of international law. "It was always clear - we want peace. Serbia says that violating anyone's borders and trampling on sovereignty and territorial integrity is not good, and we have experienced all of the above. That is why we would like to remind you that there must be a clear principle and everyone must apply it in an identical way everywhere. Serbia pursues a sovereign policy and has chosen its side - Serbia is on the side of the interests of its people, which also means on the side of international law, the United Nations Charter and valid Security Council resolutions. Our position was clearly communicated to the world by President Aleksandar Vucic in his address to the UN General Assembly in September," said Dr Orlic.