Serbia to improve relations with Moldova, President Vucic says

NEWS 12.02.2019 14:15
Source: Tanjug/Rade Prelić

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s head of state, said on Tuesday it was necessary “to increase political dialogue and economic cooperation with Moldova since the bilateral relations were friendly,” a statement from his office said as carried by the Beta news agency.

In a meeting with the deputy Prime Minister of Moldova in charge of the European integrations Iurie Leancă, Vucic thanked Chișinău for its “principle position in not recognising Kosovo’s independence.”

Vucic added that Belgrade also supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova, an Eastern European country and former Soviet republic.

The statement quoted Leancă as saying his country was interested in Serbia’s experience on its European Union road since Moldova was a member of Unions’ “Eastern partnership” programme meant for states that wanted to join the bloc.

Vucic informed his guest about the halt in Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations caused by Kosovo’s decision to introduce the 100 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia.

The two agreed that the level of the economic cooperation between Serbia and Moldova was below the possibilities and that the countries shared the interest in trade, investment and other commercial areas.

After it went independent from Moscow in 1991, Moldova suffered a decrease in industrial and agricultural production but developed the services which now create 62 percent of its GDP.

Besides, Moldova is one of the poorest Europen countries with estimated 6,700 US dollars income per capita in 2017, ranking the country as 162 in the world, and  is the least visited county on the continent with some 11,000 foreign guests annually. The county is a UN member state and wants to join the EU.