Serbia looking for more contact, ambassador says

Staff Report

Serbia wants the Japanese people to learn more about the country, whose diplomatic contacts with Japan date back 130 years, Ambassador to Japan Bojana Adamovic Dragovic said Thursday.

The first formal contact between the two countries took place in 1882 when Emperor Meiji exchanged letters with Serbian King Milan I, in which he congratulated the king for the independence of the Serbian state and his coronation, Dragovic said during a courtesy visit to The Japan Times.

She said 2011 was a major year in the bilateral relationship, marked by the March visit by then-President Boris Tadic — the first by the country’s leader — as well as a visit by the speaker of Parliament later in the year.

Serbia would like to invite Japanese leaders to Belgrade, she said.