Serbian and Italian foreign ministers Nikola Selakovic and Luigi di Maio, respectively, agreed in Belgrade on June 22 that relations between the two countries were excellent and friendly and that Italy was committed to Serbia's European perspective.
"Serbia and Italy have a long tradition of friendly and good relations. Italy is one of our most important political and economic partners in the EU," Selakovic told reporters after the meeting.
Italy's foreign minister voiced his satisfaction with the fact that over 600 Italian companies were doing business in Serbia and said that the two countries were seeing an increase in trade. "Regardless of the downturn caused by the pandemic our trade totalled around EUR3 billion. From the standpoint of exports, Italy currently holds an historical record for 'made in Italy" products, and trade with Serbia is one of the pillars of this growth and we are very happy because of that," he said.
A joint session of the two countries' governments will be held in November, which will be followed up by a business forum.
Di Maio met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic whom he told once again that Serbia was a natural part of Europe which was why Italy was offering every form of support to Serbia.