In a significant diplomatic event held in Belgrade, the governments of Serbia and Cyprus have inked three memorandums of understanding, reinforcing their collaboration in science, education, and diplomatic training.
The signing ceremony, graced by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Cypriot official Nikola Hristodulidis, took place at the Palace Serbia, following a session of the Serbia-Cyprus Cooperation Council.
The first memorandum, focused on diplomatic academy cooperation, was signed by Ivica Dačić, Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and his Cypriot counterpart, Konstantinos Kombos. This document aligns the Diplomatic Academy of the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with its Cypriot equivalent.
Furthering cooperation in science and innovation, Jelena Begović, Serbian Minister of Science, Technological Development, and Innovation, and Konstantinos Kombos, representing Cyprus, signed a memorandum between Serbia’s Ministry of Science, Innovation and Technological Development and Cyprus’s Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Digital Policy.
In the field of education, the Serbian Ministry of Education was represented by Slavica Đukić Dejanović, who, alongside Atina Mihailidu from the Cypriot Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, endorsed the third memorandum.
Additionally, Cypriot President Nikos Hristodulidis, after discussions with President Vučić, affirmed Cyprus’s unwavering support for Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Hristodulidis acknowledged Serbia’s significant strides towards EU integration, advocating for EU recognition of these efforts, particularly in the upcoming European Council meeting in December. He emphasized Cyprus’s ongoing support for Serbia’s European journey and noted the deep-rooted camaraderie between the Serbian and Cypriot people, a sentiment he personally experienced during his visit to Serbia.