Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ remarks at the start of his meeting with the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić

2021.05.13 Συνάντηση του Πρωθυπουργού Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη με την Πρωθυπουργό της Σερβίας, Ana Brnabić. Αθήνα, 13 Μαρτίου 2021 (Γραφείο τύπου Πρωθυπουργού / Δημήτρης Παπαμήτσος)

Prime Minister, Dear Ana, welcome to Athens. It is a real pleasure to have you here and I am excited that you also participated in the Delphi Economic Forum.

This is a great opportunity to reaffirm the very strong ties between Greece and Serbia. And of course to also stress how committed Greece is to the EU perspective of your country, which is of course true for all the countries of the Western Balkans, but Greece and Serbia have traditionally had a very very strong relationship.

I know we have made a lot of progress in terms of cooperation, especially when it comes to the economy. Hence, we also have here our Deputy Minister Fragogiannis, in charge of Economic Diplomacy, and I am also looking forward to seeing how we can strengthen economic ties.

But I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your vaccination programme, which has been impressive. And of course we take a very, very keen interest in what you have done, because as of today Greece is officially open for tourists and we will accept, without any additional quarantine restrictions, visitors who are either fully vaccinated or provide us with a negative test, either a PCR or an antigen test.

So, we are looking forward to welcoming Serbian tourists to Greece this summer. I know we are a preferred destination for your people and we can ensure that they will have a pleasant but also a very, very safe stay in our country. And of course, for the purpose of entrance, we also recognize all vaccines that you have administered in Serbia.

I know our teams are working to streamline the details, but it is very important to me to communicate to you and the Serbian people that we are looking forward to welcoming you in Greece during the summer.

So, again, a warm welcome to Athens.