Vucic, Zeman Sign Declaration on Cultural Cooperation, Open Czech House | Beta Briefing

Vucic, Zeman Sign Declaration on Cultural Cooperation, Open Czech House

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Archive / News | 30.01.23 | access_time 19:37

Milos Zeman Aleksandar Vucic, Belgrade, Jan.30 2023 (BETAPHOTO/MILOS MISKOV)

The presidents of the Czech Republic and Serbia, Milos Zeman and Aleksandar Vucic, on Jan. 30 signed a declaration on advancing cultural cooperation and establishing a Czech House in Belgrade.

Vucic told a news conference after meeting with Zeman in Belgrade that trade between Serbia and the Czech Republic totaled EUR1.7 billion in 2022, having risen by a factor of 2.8 over the last decade, and voiced the hope that it would exceed two billion in the coming year.

Vucic said there were Czech factories that wanted to invest more in Serbia's defense contracting industry and announced cooperation on the Belgrade real-estate market and in the area of transport, specifically streetcars and trolleybuses.

Serbia and the Czech Republic agree on geopolitical issues, condemn the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces and respect Ukraine's territorial integrity, Vucic said, adding that Serbia would continue to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine and would take part in rebuilding Ukrainian cities.

He expressed pleasure at being able to host Zeman because his statement two years ago about Kosovo and Serbia, when he apologized for NATO's bombing of then-Yugoslavia, "stayed in the hearts of the people."

The two presidents opened the renovated Czech House in Belgrade, which according to Vucic will be a meeting place for the two peoples, a spot for exchange and development in economic and cultural cooperation and a "lasting link" between the two nations.

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