France’s new ambassador to Serbia, Pierre Cochard, presented Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic with his Letter of Credence at a ceremony held at the Palace of Serbia.
The two commended the “very positive bilateral context in which the appointment of the new ambassador [took] place” and expressed their commitment to furthering the “excellent bilateral political and economic dynamic that exists between [their] two countries, especially following [French] President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Serbia on July 15 and 16, 2019,” says a statement issued by the Embassy of France in Belgrade on Nov. 10.
The Embassy further stated that Cochard and Vucic discussed obligations of the highest order, including security and defense, Serbia’s European integration, economic cooperation and, particularly, France taking on the role of a strategic partner in the development of the Belgrade metro system. Also mentioned were cultural exchange and francophony.
Ambassador Cochard confirmed the readiness of the French Development Agency to significantly increase its activities in Serbia. When the conversation touched on the challenges faced by Serbia and its neighbors, Cochard reasserted President Macron’s personal dedication to stability in the Western Balkans, the Embassy’s press release said.
In its own statement, the Office of the President Vucic said that he and Cochard discussed the situation in the region with an emphasis on preserving peace and stability – which Serbia, as President Vucic assured, will always fully contribute to.