The close relations between Cyprus and Serbia and the common principles and values which the two countries share were stressed by President of the House of Representatives Annita Demetriou during her meeting with the country’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, while also noting Cyprus’ position on the Kosovo issue which is the non-acceptance of any legitimacy of the illegality.

Speaking to Cypriot journalists, the House president who completes her official visit to Serbia on Tuesday, said it is “no coincidence that we have Serbia’s full backing on the Cyprus problem”, adding that “Cyprus was one of the first countries which had a clear position on the Kosovo issue, that it will never accept legalising any illegality”.

In addition, the President of the House said she informed the Prime Minister of the initiative with Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dačić to strengthen the high-level relations to the parliamentary level.

She also said that this initiative will be the start of all that we have to achieve, adding that they will examine further ways to cooperate in the fields of energy, education and trade, noting this is also the position of the Serbian Speaker.

We have a lot to do in the area of interparliamentary dialogue”, Demetriou noted.

The President of Parliament also attended a working lunch in her honour hosted by the Serbia-Cyprus friendship group at the parliament and also met with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Vanja Udovičić. She also visited the “Mungosi” Futsal Club (Section for Children with Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities).

Demetriou presented the club with a donation and expressed the House’s readiness to help the club.

The Cypriot Speaker also visited a shelter for female victims of domestic abuse and pledged the House’s support. Tonight, she will attend an official dinner hosted in her honour by her Serbian counterpart Dacic.

Earlier on Tuesday, she will address the country’s national assembly. During the extraordinary session, members of the government and the diplomatic corps will be present.

She returns home on Wednesday.