A senior Eritrean delegation composed of Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Ghebreab is in Serbia for a two day visit at the invitation of First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic.
This was the first high level visit between the two countries.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Foreign Affairs Minister Osman Saleh, Dacic stated that Serbia and Eritrea have great prospects for cooperation despite its current modest level. He described the meeting as “historic and significant”.
The First Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that there are many areas suitable for cooperation, from agriculture, manufacturing, mining, IT and medicine, to military industry and engineering.
Both sides have also agreed to explore priority areas based on the strengths and competitive advantage of each side.
The two sides further agreed to hold regular consultations and to bolster their coordination in international organizations and multilateral forums.
The First Deputy Prime Minister said that the policy of the government of Serbia is to renew its old traditional friendships with the peoples of Africa and Asia, and expressed gratitude to Saleh for having accepted his invitation to visit Serbia.
He pointed out that Eritrea not only did not recognize the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo, but it also voted against Kosovo’s admission to UNESCO.
Foreign Minister Saleh on his part pointed out that his two-day visit to Serbia represents an opportunity for further development of bilateral relations, in order to strengthen cooperation and overall relations.
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic accepted the invitation of Minister Osman to visit Eritrea at his earliest convenience.