MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) – Serbia has a very warm attitude to Belarus and its people, Serbian Ambassador to Belarus Veljko Kovacevic said at an event celebrating the Serbian national holiday – Statehood Day – in the House of Friendship on 13 February, BelTA has learned.
The ambassador has been working in Minsk for six years. He noted that he knew a lot about Belarus, but his time here has given him especially warm feelings to the country.
“Serbia and Belarus are developing mutually beneficial relations that are based on trust, complete openness to cooperation, and deep mutual respect,” Veljko Kovacevic said. “The basis for this trust was laid by the leaders of the two countries. The latest Belarusian-Serbian talks at the highest level, which took place in Belgrade in December 2019, confirmed the parties' intent to continue strengthening fruitful ties in all areas,” he added.
The ambassador thanked Belarus for supporting Serbia in the international scene. “I know that Belarusians are true friends of Serbians, and we have a very warm regard for the Belarusian people. Relationships between people are as important as relations between countries,” Veljko Kovacevic noted.
In turn, Deputy Head of the Europe Office of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yelena Shpakova noted that Belarus and Serbia are very close spiritually. “Our countries have established very good contacts, waived visas, and launched direct flights. Friendship between our presidents is also very important because it shows huge mutual interest in cooperation. The ministries of foreign affairs also have good relations. The countries enhance trade and economic cooperation. Belarusian buses run in the streets of the Serbian capital, Belarusian tractors work in Serbian fields. The countries explore more and more new areas of mutual interest, including new technologies,” she added.
The host of the event, chairman of the association Belarus-Serbia, BSU professor Ivan Charota spoke at length about the Belarusian-Serbian ties in culture and education. The event featured poems and songs in the languages of the two countries. Belarusian students who study the Serbian language were among guests of the event.