Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visited Belgrade on 15th and 16th January, as a part of his tour of six Eastern European countries. Serbia is the only non-EU country visited by PM Abe as a part of his tour, marking the first visit of a Japanese PM to Belgrade in 31 years.
The official welcome reception was held at the Palace of Serbia, where President Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and cabinet Ministers welcomed the Japanese premier and his delegation.
President Vučić said that relations between the Serbian and Japanese peoples are marked by mutual understanding and respect. He used the opportunity to thank the people of Japan for their continued help and support to the people of Serbia.
Prime Minister Abe noted that Serbia is crucial to the stability of the Western Balkans and added that Japan will assist in furthering Serbia’s European integration process.