11.09.2015

President Nikolic with the President of Italy

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic met in Rome on Friday with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who told him that Serbia serves as an example to all of Europe as regards the refugee crisis, noting that Italy will not back a change in the status of the Serbian heritage in Kosovo.

ROME - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic met in Rome on Friday with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who told him that Serbia serves as an example to all of Europe as regards the refugee crisis, noting that Italy will not back a change in the status of the Serbian heritage in Kosovo.

The two presidents also discussed Italian corporate investments in the Serbian economy and the numerous common problems in the region.

Even though it is a transit country for migrants, Serbia is striving to act responsibly pursuant to fundamental civilisational principles and common European values, a statement from the press office of the Serbian president quoted Nikolic as saying.

The attempt by ethnic Albanians in Kosovo-Metohija to portray the cultural and spiritual heritage there as Kosovo's own is certainly not an initiative aimed at protecting those monuments, and Serbia will fight against it, the Serbian president noted.

The Italian president said that Serbia's conduct in the refugee crisis serves as an example to all of Europe, and at the same time praised the constructive relationship that Serbia is building with the countries in the region.

Italy is ready to assist in the opening of the first chapters in the EU accession talks, he said.

Protecting cultural and religious monuments is in the interest of the entire international community and Italy will not back a change in the status of the Serbian heritage in Kosovo, President Mattarella said.