Traditional friendship and strong ties between Serbia and Cuba

04. Aug 2022.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selaković began his visit to Cuba with a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez Parilla.

Noting that Serbia–Cuba bilateral ties were characterised by a traditional friendship and close historical ties between the two peoples, Selaković said Serbia was clearly committed to enhance such relations further and make them even more substantial.

In this regard, the Minister urged work towards further strengthening of political dialogue at all levels, through visits by officials of both countries, as well as through maintaining the continuity of political consultations.

Selaković said he was also pleased with the fact that his visit to Cuba was taking place in a year that marked the 120th anniversary of the establishment of Serbia–Cuba diplomatic relations, and noted that the meeting with his Cuban counterpart had also addressed several initiatives for celebrating the anniversary.

He briefed Minister Rodriguez Parilla on the present situation and the most recent developments in Kosovo and Metohija, thanking Cuba for its consistent support for the preservation of Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its support in international organisations.

Minister Selaković conveyed Serbia's full support for Cuba's efforts aimed at seeking modalities, within multilateral frameworks, for overcoming the situation related to lifting the US economic, financial and trade embargo.

As regards economic cooperation, Selaković noted that there was significant room to boost economic cooperation and added that Serbia was ready for and interested in cooperation in numerous fields. The Minister also noted that this year's signing of a 2022–2023 Action Plan aimed at developing the cooperation between the chambers of commerce of Serbia and Cuba and strengthening business ties was very significant.

At today's meeting, Selaković briefed Minister Rodriguez Parilla on Serbia's European integration process and presented the Open Balkan initiative, underlining that its goal was economic connectivity and a better standard of living for the citizens of the region.