President of Ukraine

Olena Zelenska Met with the President and First Lady of Serbia

13 May 2024 - 22:36

Olena Zelenska Met with the President and First Lady of Serbia

The First Lady of Ukraine met with President Aleksandar Vučić and First Lady Tamara Vučić during her visit to Serbia to participate in the Mental Health Conference.

Olena Zelenska expressed gratitude for the assistance Serbia has provided to Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion. The country has sheltered 2,200 Ukrainians, allocated financial aid for humanitarian purposes, and donated ambulances to Kharkiv and Cherkasy emergency medical centers.

"The needs of Ukrainians for emergency medical care have increased significantly, as the Russian terror against Ukrainian settlements not only continues, but also shows an alarming tendency to intensify. I am grateful to Serbia for understanding that people matter most," the wife of the President of Ukraine emphasized.

The parties also agreed on additional significant humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

Olena Zelenska thanked Tamara Vučić for organizing the Mental Health Conference in Belgrade: "It is very valuable to me that you initiated the Conference on mental health, because one of the goals of the Third Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen, in which you took an active part, was to actualize this topic in the world at the level of national governments and international organizations. During the year, similar events with my participation also took place in Germany and the UK. And I saw from these examples how important it is to bring together experts from the two countries and give them the opportunity for a detailed dialogue."

The First Lady of Ukraine and the Serbian presidential couple discussed cultural cooperation between the two countries. In particular, she thanked for the opening of a Ukrainian bookshelf in the Belgrade library, a Ukrainian-language audio guide in the Kalemegdan Fortress Museum, and the signing of an agreement between the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the University of Belgrade.

"These projects, which I personally patronize, are important for mutual understanding between our countries and people. Ukraine, defending its life, also defends its language, culture, and history. And each such project is part of this defense and preservation of our values," she said.

The First Lady also visited the CEZAM Youth Center, created to support the mental health and safety of people aged 10 to 30. The center offers free psychological consultations, master classes in psychology and career guidance, movie screenings, discussions, and meetings.

"Many ideas can be borrowed here for the All-Ukrainian Mental Health Program. The key is for young people who are experiencing a problem not to be ashamed or afraid to seek help," Olena Zelenska emphasized.