Selaković in Latin America: We are committed to strengthening cooperation

04. Aug 2022.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selaković began a multi-day official visit to the Latin American region, where he will meet with the ministers of foreign affairs and top officials of Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Selaković said in Havana that Cuba was a traditional friend and exceptionally loyal and faithful partner of Serbia in international organisations and forums, a country that provided Serbia with solid support in the matter of preserving its territorial integrity and sovereignty, and whose word in the global framework, as well as in this part of the world was really appreciated.

“This is the year in which we celebrate the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Cuba, as a memory of the time when our King Aleksandar Obrenović congratulated the first elected President of Cuba on his election. We are here because we are determined to build our relations with Cuba in the future and to strengthen them in every possible way. I am convinced that we can succeed in this,” said Minister Selaković.

After his visit to Cuba, the Minister will visit Colombia, where on 7 August, as a special envoy of the President of Serbia, he will attend the inauguration of new President of Colombia Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego.

“This visit will take place on the occasion of oath of office and inauguration of the new president of Colombia, and after that the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will visit Costa Rica and finally Venezuela,” said Minister Selaković.

According to him, the countries of Central and South America that he will visit have different positions on issues that are of the greatest national and state importance for Serbia.

“The fact that we are present here, that we are ready to talk and that we will have the opportunity to meet with almost all the presidents of these countries, and in Colombia with more than ten presidents of states, prime ministers, ministers of foreign affairs of this part of the world, which does not happen that often, speaks enough about the importance and activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this part of the world. This time, Serbia is not coming to ask for something, but to discuss how it can improve its economic and trade exchange, as well as cooperation in all other areas, such as agriculture, sports, culture, youth, modern technologies and all areas in which Serbia is now, year after year, leading the way,” said Minister Selaković.