Serbia and UAE have "sincere, open friendship"

BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić on Thursday in Belgrade received the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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According to reports, they "agreed that there is sincere goodwill and an open friendship between Serbia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)."

"Serbia is not committed to the UAE because it is an economically powerful country, but because there is a traditional partnership and open friendship between the two peoples. We know that many countries are struggling to win your favor, and you have chosen Serbia. The Serbian people knows how to appreciate that," Nikolić said.

"When you came to Serbia over a year ago, you recognized our policy, our resolve to ensure that Serbia is a peaceful and stable country," Nikolić stressed, adding that the policy has not changed.

He noted that Serbia has restored old friendships, done a lot to improve its reputation across the world and achieve strategic priorities, primarily concerning the EU integration process and the creation of an environment conducive to foreign investments.

The investment in Air Serbia is being successfully realized and that is a strong bridge connecting Serbia with the world, Nikolić said.

He stressed that Serbia is resolving the issue of Kosovo and Metohija in the best possible way, which will be acceptable for both Belgrade and Pristina.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that he highly appreciates the honesty of Serbian friends, underscoring that his country is cooperating solely with the partners whom it can trust.

We believe in Serbia, we believe in our friendship, he underlined.

Bin Zayed noted that the Serbian president and government invested persistent and determined efforts that yielded evident results that make Serbia a stable and attractive investment destination, and voiced confidence that the UAE's investments in Air Serbia would be a good example for other prospective investors.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, Defense Minister Nebojsa Rodić and former president of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremić also took part in the talks with Bin Zayed and the UAE delegation, the president's press office announced.

Besides bilateral relations, the meeting also dealt with investments in the Serbian agriculture, infrastructure and the project titled "Belgrade on Water".

First Deputy Prime Minister Vucic welcomed Sheikh Bin Zayed at Belgrade Airport in the early afternoon hours. He previously announced the sheikh's visit as that of a friend, specifying that he would come with "considerable financial support that will be invested in kick-starting the Serbian economy."

Before Belgrade, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi visited Podgorica, where he had talks with Montenegro's state leadership.