Church of Serbia – 15/2/18
President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic along with the Croatian President Mrs. Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic visited on the 12th of Feberuary 2018 the Residence of the Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana, where they talked with students of the Academy of the Serbian National Council. On this occasion they were presented a project “The Future of the Serbs in Croatia”.
At the beginning of their conversations, Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan Porfirije addressed Mr. Vucic and Mrs. Grabar Kitarovic pointing out that he himself was excited by the words they had pronounced that day, the words of responsibility for and care about normal relations between the two countries, Serbia and Croatia. Addressing President Vucic, His Excellency underlined that his visit represented encouragement for the Serbian people in Croatia. According to his words, Serbia and Croatia have been always directed to one another, but unfortunately, circumstances of life have been such “that we have moved away from each other.”
As he pointed out, a courageous step of Mrs. Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic to invite Vucic to Croatia and Vucic’s brave and responsible step to come represent a call for peace. – Mr. President, thank You for having come! Your visit is an encouragement for our people here, Metropolitan Porfirije said and emphasized that a basic impression – that he was aware of from from his personal experience – was that the Serbian people had been scared and lived in a sort of apathy and giving up of themselves. – Your arrival is encouragement for us, Metropolitan Porfirije emphasized.
Profesor Jovic, moderator of the talks, explained to the Presidents of Serbia and Croatia that they would have an opportunity to talk with a group of 15 students of the Academy, who would expose their drafts regarding the projects within the forthcoming 10 years.
Source: tanjug, vucic.rs (translated by Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church)