The Slovenia Times

Pahor Promises Further Help to Serbia after Floods


Pahor was welcomed in Belgrade by his counterpart Tomislav Nikolić, with whom he discussed concrete ways how to best provide aid.

Talking to the press after the meeting, Pahor said that "the people of Slovenia are at your side and we will help the best we can". Tomorrow, he is scheduled to visit Obrenovac, the town hit worst in the floods, alongside Nikolić.

Nikolić thanked Slovenia and its citizens for "the fastest and self-initiated response", adding that Pahor called him a day after the floods hit the country asking what sort of aid the country needed.

Slovenia has sent tens of tonnes of water, food, blankets, toiletries and other necessities to Serbia in the past week, and deployed several police, military and rescue teams to help with evacuations and cleanup efforts.

The presidents also discussed Slovenia's support for Serbia's efforts to join the EU, as well as economic cooperation. Pahor is accompanied by a 100-member business delegation and Finance Minister Uroš Čufer.

The presidents also signed a political declaration on the strengthening of ties and shared the view that bilateral relations are excellent. In the evening, Pahor will address the Serbian parliament, to speak about Kosovo.

Pahor's trip to Serbia is the first official visit of a Slovenian president to the country since Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.


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