rmenia and Serbia signed three agreements during the Armenian president’s visit to Serbia, which was aimed at strengthening the nations’ economic ties.
Armenian news reports say the two governments signed one agreement on lifting visa requirements for holders of diplomatic passports. Another agreement was signed on air communication, while a third was signed on cultural cooperation.
Serbian President Boris Tadic and other top officials received Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in the capital, Belgrade, on Monday.
Following a closed-door meeting, the two presidents said their countries have a history of close political relations that should now be matched by closer economic and cultural ties. The two sides were expected to sign several cooperation agreements during the Armenian delegation’s two-day visit.
Noting that both Armenia and Serbia are located in regions with a turbulent past, the two leaders agreed that regional problems should be resolved peacefully, through negotiations.
Armenia has been unable to reach an agreement with neighboring Azerbaijan on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave located inside Azerbaijan. Serbia has yet to establish relations with Kosovo, which declared independence from Belgrade in 2008 despite Serbia’s fierce opposition.
The Armenian president promised that his government will not act contrary to Serbia’s interests. While many European and other countries have recognized Kosovo’s independence, Armenia has not.