The president of Serbia has become the first head of state to visit Montenegro since it declared independence from Belgrade. Boris Tadic’s trip is being seen as a re-affirmation of the close cultural and historical ties between the two nations, and as a way of improving the political climate.The Serbian government had backed the campaign against Montenegrin independence, and reacted coolly to the result of May’s referendum on the issue. Tadic held talks with his counterpart Filip Vujanovic in the country’s ancient capital Cetinje, also the seat of the presidency. Tadic was upbeat about the future of bilateral ties, saying that relations in matters of defence, diplomacy and the economy would be based on common interests such as European Union membership. For his part Vujanovic said he was very pleased that the first head of state to visit the sovereign country of Montenegro was the Serbian president.