On the occasion of marking 180 years of establishing UK-Serbia diplomatic relations the exhibition of documents and photography is opened in the Old Assembly Building testifying significant events in the relationship of two countries.
H. E. Denis Keefe, the British Ambassador to Serbia who opened the exhibition said that it was no coincidence that the central event was held in Kragujevac. In fact on June 3, 1837 Colonel George Hodges delivered letters of credence to Prince Milos Obrenovic in then capital of Serbia, Kragujevac confirming that the King William IV appointed him the first British Consul in the Principality of Serbia.
Along with the reprint of the first diplomatic letter, the important exhibit is the Portrait of Dr Elizabeth Ross who during the WWI together with other members of the British humanitarian mission treated the wounded and the ill with typhus. Some of them are buried in Kragujevac. This explains why the relations of the citizens of Kragujevac with the Great Britain are so deep and emotional. The Great Britain and Serbia are old friends while the core of the relations between two countries is common values and positive examples of cooperation and partnership.
Our relations have taken different courses mainly of support and cooperation – declared Acting Prime Minister and FM Ivica Dacic for the press. We consider Great Britain a very important political factor on the international scene. Our interest is to develop as good as possible bilateral relations and find mutual interest in economy, culture, education, science defense and safety.
Documents exhibited on this occasion in Kragujevac, stressed Dacic are testimony of significant historical events such as abdication of the King Milan and access to the throne of the King Alexander, marking of The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria as well as exhibits of daily life events such as hunting license to Consul Hodges for Topcider hunting. We are reminded of the new history events though photographs from the Embassy of the UK in Belgrade collection: Tito in visit to London and Margaret Thatcher in visit to Serbia. Our relations started in 1837 with the intention to increase the trade exchange and continue with cooperation development in all relevant bilateral relations segments, emphasized Ivica Dacic.
Exhibition author is historian Slobodan Markovic.