Hungary is our greatest friend in EU - Serbian FM
Relations between Serbia and Hungary have never been better in recent history, and in the EU, Serbia has no greater friend than Hungary, says Ivica Dacic.Source: Tanjug
The Serbian foreign minister and first deputy PM said this in SUbotica, where a joint session of the two governments is being held, and where he met with Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto.
"In the EU we do not have a greater friend than Hungary, and my colleague Peter Szijjarto is the loudest advocate of European integration of Serbia. At the meetings of European ministers of diplomacy he speaks the most resolutely about the EU integration of Serbia," said Dacic.
He added that the friendship between the two countries is best seen by the warmth and personal ties between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Dacic announced that Serbia will continue to cooperate with Hungary in all fields, political as well as economic, and added that Hungary has in the meantime become one of Serbia's biggest economic partners.
"Hungary is Serbia's sixth biggest foreign trade partner, and the foreign trade of our two countries last year amounted to 1.7 billion euros," Dacic said.
He particularly stressed that excellent relations with the Hungarian national minority in Serbia contributed to this. "A great contribution to all of this is the harmonious relationship with Istvan Pasztor, President of the (Vojvodina Provincial) Assembly. We in Serbia have ethnic minorities as bridges of cooperation, and not as obstacles, and we will continue to develop such relations," concluded the head of Serbian diplomacy.