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NATIONAL DAY RECEPTION

13.02.2020. - On February 13, the Embassy organized a reception on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia, and marking 100 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Holy See, ie. of the opening of the Apostolic Nunciature in Belgrade. The reception was attended by the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who addressed the audience.

Ambassador Dejan Šahović said that at present, and in recent years for that matter, communication and interaction between Serbia and Holy See has been constructive, characterized by common understanding on many issues of mutual interest. In the last two years a number of high-level meetings took place. These high-level discussions demonstrated that we share views on how some of the outstanding internatinal problems should be dealt with.

In the regional context of the Balkans, we both recognize hat dialog and reconciliation are key words. Serbia highly appreciates that the Holy See has been a consistent promoter of such an approach in contacts with all regional partners. Especially important is the fact that the Holy See maintained this approach vis-à-vis the dialog between Belgrade and Priština and the status of Kosovo and Metohija. We are grateful for that. Equally, we highly value the Holy See`s continuous and strong advocacy for a more rapid integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union, since membership in the EU is priority objective of Serbia.

Serbia's population is predominantly Christian Orhodox. Nevertheless, a sizeble Catholic community lives in Serbia as well, which is an important part of society. He also underlined that relations between the Government and the Catholic Church in Serbia were also very positive and developing further in the same direction.

In his address, The Secretary of  State of the Holy See spoke about the most important moments in the diplomatic relations of the two countries. At the end of the presentation he emphasized that bilateral relations of Serbia and the Holy See are strengtening, due to regular political dialogue at the highest and high levels. The Secretary of State of the Holy See indicated that Serbia and the Holy See have good international cooperation, as they share universal values such as peace, security, human rights and enviromental protection.

 
 

President Vučić meets His Holiness Pope Francis

12.09.2019.

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met today in the Vatican with His Holiness Pope Francis with whom he discussed bilateral relations, Euro-integrations of Serbia, regional and international cooperation.

Photo Presidency/ Dimitrije Goll

President Vučić emphasised that the cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and the Roman Catholic Church is very good and that it remains at a very constructive level, accompanied by mutual esteem. He said that Serbia is determined to continuously nurture and enhance the relations with the Holy See and added that next year we will mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations.

During the meeting, President Vučić pointed out that the relations between the Republic of Serbia and the Holy See are marked by the congruence of standpoints in important international issues. Above all, those issues are related to the protection of Christians and the Christian heritage and the improvement of their human rights. With that respect, President Vučić indicated the outstanding importance of the protection, respect and improvement of the rights of the Serbian and other non-Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija, the protection and renewal of the Serbian religious and cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija, and in particular of the Orthodox churches and monasteries under the UNESCO protection.

Photo Presidency/ Dimitrije Goll

„We highly appreciate the principled position of the Holy See regarding the non-recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo as well as the understanding for the position of Serbia which is based on the respect of the international law", emphasised President Vučić and thanked for the constructive approach of the Holy See with that respect. „Serbia remains firmly convinced that the talks represent the only way for the solution to all the open questions and that is why - even after the introduction of taxes - we sustained from reciprocal measures and any other moves that would additionally aggravate the existing situation. Our side keeps maintaining the constructive efforts aimed at finding a sustainable and compromise solution for the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, solely through dialogue. However, the Priština side - by undertaking irrational unilateral moves and through continuous provocations - keeps incapacitating any dialogue and agreement", stressed President Vučić.

Photo Presidency/ Dimitrije Goll

During the talks with His Holiness Pope Francis, President Vučić expressed his sincere gratitude to the Holy See and Pope Francis for the support they extend to the European integrations of Serbia. „We particularly appreciate the efforts aimed at acceleration of Euro-integration process of the Western Balkans region into the EU, and the encouragement to the member-states to assist and support this process", said President Vučić and indicated that the EU membership represents one of the foreign policy priorities of Serbia. He added that the recent visits of His Holiness to the Western Balkans exemplify strong political support to the entire region providing a significant contribution to the strengthening of dialogue, the spirit of humanity and solidarity as well as support in the context of strategically important political issues for the whole region.


Photo Presidency/ Dimitrije Goll

President Vučić and His Holiness Pope Francis also tackled the strengthening of cooperation in the fields of culture, historical sciences as well as in the joint projects of the scientific institutes of Serbia and the Holy See.
 


First political consultations between the Republic of Serbia and the Holy See

 

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the first political consultations were held between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Secretariat for Relations with States of the Holy See.

The consultations were led by Secretary General of the Ministry Veljko Odalovic and Monsignor Antoine Kamilleri, Undersecretary for Relations with Stetes of the Holy See.

During the consultations, it was noted that the bilateral relations  are developing on good and constructive grounds. Both sides expressed their readiness to further strengthen and intensify bilateral dialogue on a range of issues of common interest on the bilateral and international agenda.

Secretary General Veljko Odalovic briefed his interlocutor on the security and political situation in Kosovo and Metohija, the position of the Serb and non-Albanian populations, as well as on the current status of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

In addition to global challenges such as the issue of migrants and refugees, particular attention has been paid to the process of European integration and issues of relevance to the Western Balkans region, in particular the efforts that Serbia and the Holy See are investing in promotion of peace, interethnic tolerance and reconciliation in the region.


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