President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, has formally received the credentials of the newly appointed ambassadors from China, Tunisia, and India in a series of engagements that underlined Serbia’s commitment to nurturing robust bilateral relationships.
In a poignant gesture, Vučić acknowledged the considerable significance of the forthcoming visit to Beijing during his meeting with the newly appointed Chinese ambassador, Li Ming. This dialogue took place amidst celebrations marking a decade since President Xi Jinping’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative was unveiled, which advocates for peace and cooperation, grounded in the principle of equality among all nations. Vučić expressed particular gratitude towards China for respecting Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, simultaneously affirming Serbia’s support for the ‘One China’ policy.
Ambassador Li reciprocated the sentiments, affirming that China perceives Serbia as a steadfast partner in Europe, with relations steadfastly built upon three pillars: strategic leadership, historical friendship, and economic cooperation.
Meanwhile, Vučić’s dialogue with Tunisia’s new ambassador, Imen Lazhili Amari, was embroidered with appreciation for Tunisia’s unwavering stance on respecting Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. He conveyed his conviction that Ambassador Amari’s tenure would significantly bolster bilateral cooperation across various sectors. In return, Amari conveyed a friendly message from President Saied and expressed her honour in representing Tunisia in Serbia, whilst voicing her hopes of enhancing overall cooperation between the two nations.
The dialogue explored several spheres with vast potential for collaboration, such as agriculture, food industry, tourism, and ICT. The ongoing negotiations concerning a Free Trade Agreement were identified as a catalyst to further these developments.
In a similar vein, the discourse with the newly appointed Indian ambassador, Shubdarshini Tripathi, reflected Serbia’s staunch commitment to advancing its comprehensive cooperation with India. Vučić warmly welcomed the active engagement of Indian companies in Serbia and expressed anticipation that their success would inspire others to identify Serbia as a lucrative investment destination. His gratitude towards India for its principled support in maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia was palpably evident.
Ambassador Tripathi, on her part, communicated her resolve to elevate Indo-Serbian friendship to newer heights, acknowledging the enormous potential for collaboration in areas like pharmaceuticals, the IT sector, film industry, and beyond.
These encounters encapsulate Serbia’s deft diplomatic engagements, manoeuvring through multifaceted relationships and potential collaborations with these countries, each possessing a distinct geopolitical significance in Serbia’s external affairs strategy.
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