Prime Minister Igor Lukšić is conducting his first official visit to Serbia since taking office today. The primary goals of the visit are to discuss economic cooperation and joint infrastructure projects.
Prime Minister Lukšić, Finance Minister Milorad Katnic, and Transport Minister Andrija Lompar will meet with Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, and well as with President Boris Tadic, Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, and Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The official meetings began at 10:30 this morning. Part of the meetings are open to the press and part are closed.
Lukšić is seeking to repair our relationship with Serbia, which have been somewhat rocky of late due to issues with the Serbian Orthodox Church, Montenegro’s recognition of Kosovo’s independence, and the choice of many Montenegrins to identify their native language as Montenegrin instead of Serbian.
In addition to deep cultural and interpersonal ties, Montenegro represents an important market for Serbian good and services and Serbians make up the largest group of customers for Montenegro’s tourist industry.
Prime Minister Lukšić stated “I think that in the past, there were times which were really not good, but the period we are in now is certainly not one of them. It is beyond any doubt, however, that the relations between Serbia and Montenegro can be better. My visit to Belgrade is aimed at promoting certain fields of cooperation that will add to the sectors where our cooperation has already reached a solid level.”