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Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic

Alexander Lukashenko awarded Tomislav Nikolic with the Order of Friendship of Peoples for a significant contribution into peacebuilding, friendly relations and cooperation between Belarus and Serbia. The ceremony was held in the Palace of Independence.

After the warding ceremony the two Presidents held a meeting, where bilateral relations of Belarus and Serbia were discussed. The cooperation of Belarus and Serbia notably intensified in the last years. On the level of regional cooperation as well. As many as 15 Belarusian town established twin-city and partnership relations with Serbian towns. Belarusian tractor and bus assembly plants are working in this Balkan country.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
I met with the elected Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in Beijing. And I noticed that the foundation that has been made for the renewal of friendly relations between Belarus and Serbia are strengthening up. It is clear by the intentions of the newly elected President of Serbia. He is absolutely determined at relations like this as well by implementing the policy of Belarus-Serbia relations. Of course, the commodity circulation of Belarus and Serbia is not that good; however, there wasn’t any trade before in the first place. It increased by dozens of times in the last years. Belarus and Serbia have no taboo subjects for discussions. You should know that Belarus has always had loving relations and respect towards Serbia and Belarus will keep to this policy in the future. I would ask you, Tomislav, not to get away far from our relations, to hold these relations in sight, to come to Belarus more often and give suggestions on Belarus Serbia relations, because we are friends, to say what is wrong and what should be paid attention. I suppose that Tomislav will be a fair goodwill ambassador of Belarus and Serbia, in the name of strengthening our friendship. This is what I am hoping for.

Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia:
Various world crises influenced the commodity circulation between Belarus and Serbia; however, everything will change very soon. I have known Aleksandar Vučić for more than 25 years now. He is carrying out the same policy as I am. It means that nothing will change in Belarus-Serbia relations.

Schedueled presidential elections were held in Serbia on April 2, 2017. The incumbent Serbian Premier, Aleksandar Vučić, won the elections. It is expected that the elected President will accede to office on May 31. On the very day Tomislav Nikolic’s, who didn’t run for the second presidential term, will end his term.

Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic