A special series of commemorative stamps, crafted by the Serbian Postal Service in honour of the 115th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Serbia and Egypt, has been unveiled at the Egyptian Residence in Belgrade.
Egypt’s ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Basel Salah, alongside Mr. Adam Sofronijević, the Director of Serbia’s Postal Stamp Service, discussed the long-standing and robust tradition of diplomacy and friendship between the two nations, as well as the inspiration for this philatelic release.
Highlighting the significance of the stamps, the Serbian Postal Service remarked on the enduring diplomatic and friendly relations between Serbia and Egypt and their peoples, tracing back to 1908. This relationship has been founded on strong economic and political ties, shared objectives, and a long history of collaboration where both nations have experienced pivotal historical moments together.
In 1908, the Kingdom of Serbia established a consulate in Cairo. Following Egypt’s independence in 1922, this consulate was elevated to a general consulate, and by 1926, it gained the status of an embassy.
The first chargé d’affaires of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes in Egypt was Jovan Dučić. Though there were intermittent fluctuations in the relations between the two nations up until the end of World War II, the establishment of the Arab Republic of Egypt in 1952 marked an ascending trajectory in their ties. Esteemed leaders of the time, Josip Broz Tito and Gamal Abdel Nasser, forged a solid friendship between the countries and enjoyed exceptional personal relations. As founders of the Non-Aligned Movement, alongside Indian President Jawaharlal Nehru, they shared a joint vision of a world where the Movement served as a counterbalance to global polarisation, colonialism, and the arms race.
In the 21st century, the relationship between Serbia and Egypt has witnessed a resurgence. The traditional bonds of friendship between the two peoples and the flourishing economic collaboration in areas such as tourism, agriculture, and trade, including information and communication technologies, received a fresh boost following the recent historic visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Belgrade.