The Maldives and Serbia on Tuesday held talks on strengthening bilateral cooperation and exploring new avenues for collaboration.

The high-level talks followed a meeting between Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić.

A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Minister Shahid and Minister Dačić, during their meeting, exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in existing areas, and exploring new avenues of cooperation, particularly on trade, tourism, sports and environment. Both Ministers expressed interest in continuing to work closely together, bilaterally and in the international fora, on issues of mutual interest, the Ministry said.

On Tuesday, the Maldives and Serbia also signed four key cooperation agreements, focusing on trade, investment, aviation, diplomatic education, and sports.

“The conclusion of the agreements today will not only increase the cooperation in areas such as sports, trade, and people to people connection, but it is also a testament to the growing bilateral relations between the two countries,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Minister Shahid, who is on an official visit to Serbia, was accompanied at the talks by a delegation comprising key officials, including Chief of Staff Ali Zahir, Secretary Bilateral Dr. Hala Hameed, Director Hussain Jahhaz, and Assistant Director Fathmath Lamya Imthiyaz.