Cyprus Presidential Commissioner and Serbian FM discuss cooperation on Diaspora issues

Cyprus’ Presidential Commissioner, Fotis Fotiou, and Foreign Minister of Serbia, Nikola Selakovic, discussed on Saturday, in Nicosia, ways for the implementation of an MoU which the two countries have signed for cooperation on Diaspora issues.


In statements to CNA, Fotiou said that “we have decided that during the new year we will hold online activities, particularly with the youth. The first one to take place will involve young people of the two countries` Diaspora, who, with our intervention, will come in contact online with a view to find ways of cooperation in each country where Serbia and Cyprus have an organised Diaspora.”


Fotiou also said that Serbia wants to use Cyprus` experience to better organise its own Diaspora and for this reason Selakovic told him that he will appoint an officer of the Serbian Foreign Ministry who will undertake the task to visit Cyprus “so that we can help them organise their Diaspora in each country.”


Moreover, the Commissioner said that they agreed to organise a joint trip of Serbian and Cypriot businesspeople of the Diaspora, when conditions allow this, to Cyprus and Serbia.


Fotiou said that as Serbia has a lot of missing persons, they decided that Nicosia and Belgrade will exchange their experience and know-how to help one another on this issue. To this end a teleconference or a visit will take place at the beginning of 2021 to see how we can help each other, he noted.


Moreover, he said that they are planning to organise in 2021 an event with the Serbian community in Cyprus, comprising approximately 3,000 people, that will focus on the culture, the history and the tradition and customs of Serbia.


Source: Cyprus News Agency

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