President Nikolic awarded Fidel the Order of the Republic of Serbia. The visiting President reported that upon receiving the honorary sash, Fidel commented that he would treasure it always.
On the afternoon of May 20, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution received the honorable Tomislav Nikolić, President of Serbia, who was making an official visit to the country.
During the fraternal meeting, the distinguished guest presented Fidel with an honorary medal and sash awarded by the Republic of Serbia in a decoration decree citing Fidel’s extraordinary efforts to develop and strengthen relations between Cuba and Serbia.
According to Serbia’s official gazette, Fidel received the decoration in recognition of “his exceptional merits in developing and strengthening the relationship of friendship and cooperation shared by the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Cuba.”
In a lively conversation, Fidel and Nikolić recalled the historic ties shared by the two countries, and discussed other issues on the international agenda.
Fidel and Yugoslavian President Tito
At the conclusion of the encounter, Fidel thanked the Serbian President for the decoration and the amicable conversation.
Nikolic: A fantastic visit, I have fulfilled my dream
“It has been a fantastic visit. I’ve been with my friends, with the people, who like the Serbian, know how to appreciate their freedom,” said Tomislav Nikolic, as his official visit came to an end. “I have fulfilled my dream of meeting Comandante Fidel.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra bid the distinguished guest farewell at Havana’s José Martí International Airport.