Prime Minister Ana Brnabic organised a solemn reception today for Prime Minister of Montenegro Zdravko Krivokapic, who is visiting our country.
The Prime Minister welcomed Krivokapic in front of the Palace of Serbia, with the honorary Guard of the Serbian Army and the intonation of the anthems of the two countries.
Brnabic and Krivokapic will first have a tete-a-tete meeting, to be followed by a plenary meeting of the delegations of the governments of Serbia and Montenegro.
After that, an address to the media by Brnabic and Krivokapic is planned.
The Prime Minister of Montenegro is on a two-day visit to Serbia, and yesterday he was welcomed at the Nikola Tesla Airport by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Branislav Nedimovic.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic assessed today, at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Montenegro Zdravko Krivokapic, that Serbia and Montenegro are bound by many things and that the two countries, by the nature of things, should have the closest relations possible.
Brnabic expressed hope that this first visit of the Montenegrin Prime Minister is just the beginning of a new phase of relations with the government of Montenegro and that, apart from the renewal of the political dialogue, its result will be stable and even more substantial bilateral relations.
She said that at the meeting with Krivokapic, who is on a two-day visit to Serbia, they talked not only about political and economic topics, but also about infrastructure development, relations in the region, regional stability and connecting the two countries.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the economy, due to the living standard of the citizens of Serbia and Montenegro, is one of the most important topics, especially since Montenegro is one of the most important economic partners for Serbia in terms of exchange, investment and tourism.
The Prime Minister stated that Serbian investments in Montenegro amounted to approximately €400 million, emphasising that with better political relations, they could increase.
According to her, the two sides reached an agreement on striving for the goal of increasing trade to €1 billion.
I conveyed to Prime Minister Krivokapic that Serbia strongly supports the European integration of Montenegro because the positive signal of the European Union to anyone in the Western Balkans is a positive signal for the entire Balkans, she emphasised.
Brnabic pointed out that she also talked with Krivokapic about the Berlin Process, which implies better economic and infrastructural connections.
As she stated, during the meeting, they also talked about the continuation of the construction of the highway from Pozega to Boljare, on the border with Montenegro, the modernisation of the railway between Belgrade and Bar, as well as the expansion and formation of joint border crossings to reduce traffic jams, especially in the tourist season.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the possibility of holding the first joint session of the governments of Serbia and Montenegro was also discussed at the meeting, and she expressed hope that a date for such a session would be set soon.
She pointed out that Montenegro was invited to join the Open Balkans initiative, which includes Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia, and that it should lead to a common market and the abolition of border controls.
Krivokapic expressed the expectation that the visit will be a sign of a good and prosperous path of Serbia and Montenegro to the satisfaction of both countries and their citizens, as well as to the satisfaction that he was welcomed at the highest possible level in the capital of Serbia.
We discussed strengthening the economic cooperation and good ties that have always existed between the citizens of Serbia and Montenegro, the Montenegrin Prime Minister said, adding that they also talked about Montenegro providing good quality e-administration like Serbia.
Referring to an important topic, the Bar-Boljare highway, Krivokapic mentioned that Montenegro is the only one that has remained unconnected with the key corridor, without which there is no investment.
No one will look at you without good infrastructure, so our goal is to quickly build roads and railways, especially if we want to open the port of Bar. Without modernisation, we cannot be competitive, Krivokapic said.
He assessed that the talks were future-oriented and that we should look for places that unite us, to ensure prosperity for both countries and the region.