President of Serbia on official two-day visit to discuss “economic relations”

An aspirant candidate for adhesion to the EU, Serbia is being represented in Portugal this week through the official visit of its president Tomislav Nikolic.

The head of state has told Lusa that “economic relations” between the two countries will be on the top of his packed two-day agenda, in which he will be meeting with potential investors as well as senior political figures, from President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to Prime Minister António Costa and Lisbon’s mayor Fernando Medina

Answering questions ahead of his visit which starts tomorrow, Nikolic told Lusa: “For us, all friends are dear, but we particularly wish to cultivate the friendship of countries like Portugal which whom we share the same Christian and civilizational values.

“These are the universal values that understand pacifism, solidarity, mutual comprehension and a great deal more”, he added.

Aside from a number of scheduled meetings, Nikolic is due to visit the Champalimaud Foundation and Lisbon’s museum of ancient art where, according to sources in Portugal’s presidential palace of Belém, “replicas of some of Serbia’s greatest artworks will be expressly on show”.