BELGRADE, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Serbia and Egypt vowed to strengthen parliamentary and overall ties in order to pursue joint interests in economic and overall cooperation, speakers of the two countries Maja Gojkovic and Ali Abdel Aal agreed during their meeting on Thursday here.
Gojkovic and Abdel Aal recognized that this "first, historic visit of an Egypt's speaker to Serbia," which takes place in a year where the two countries are marking 110 years of diplomatic relations, will open up a new chapter in parliamentary and overall cooperation between them.
"Serbia's strategic goal is to become a member of the European Union, at the same time strengthening ties with the traditional friends, especially African countries," Gojkovic said, according to a parliament statement.
She reminded that Serbia's parliament is the only one in Europe that signed a cooperation agreement with the Pan-African parliament, which enables it to cooperate with Egypt, and thanked Abdel Aal for the international support of Egypt's leadership to Serbia's interests, attitudes and the position of Serbia.
The two especially praised the historic cooperation in the Non-Aligned movement, which was founded in Belgrade in 1961, and estimated that the parliamentary cooperation will further deepen relations between parliamentary working groups, friendship groups, delegations and international organizations.
Gojkovic and Abdel Aal voiced their support to strengthening economic ties and increase of trade, and stressed in that regard the importance of the Mixed Committee for Economic Cooperation established between the two countries in 2010 after a break of more than two decades, as well as deeper connections between Serbia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the Business Council of Egypt.
At the same time, according to them, a possible direct flight between Belgrade and Cairo would improve cooperation between businessmen and boost the development of tourism.
Abdel Aal also met Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic, with whom he discussed bilateral relations, situation in the region, as well as global issues, release from the president's cabinet reads.
Vucic confirmed the friendship between the two countries and called for enhanced overall cooperation, especially when it comes to economic relations.
He said that relations between Serbia and Egypt should also get stronger because "Serbia in the Balkans and Egypt in the Middle East and Africa share responsibility for the stability of these regions."