BELGRADE, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang and Serbian leaders have agreed to cement bilateral relations and expand cooperation between the two countries.
Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), paid an official friendly visit to Serbia on July 16-18, during which he met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
During his meeting with Vucic, Zhang first conveyed greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Zhang highly appreciated the long-time friendship cultivated by the two peoples in history. He recalled that the two countries had established comprehensive strategic partnership during Xi's visit to Serbia last year.
The two countries reached a series of important consensuses on deepening bilateral ties and win-win cooperation in May, when Vucic came to Beijing for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Zhang said.
The China-Serbia relationship has now entered a new stage with an all-round and high-level development, Zhang stressed.
China regards Serbia as a reliable friend and stands ready to work together with Serbia to strengthen political mutual trust, push forward the win-win cooperation, enhance the friendship of the two peoples and increase communication and coordination over major international and regional issues, said Zhang.
For his part, Vucic asked Zhang to convey his best wishes to President Xi, saying that China and Serbia are reliable friends and partners, and the two peoples enjoy a sincere and solid friendship.
The Serbian president also expressed his thanks to China for its unwavering support, and said he will spare no efforts to develop bilateral friendly relationship and promote cooperation between the two countries.