Belgrade, July 06, 2012
JEREMIC CONFERS WITH HAGUE IN LONDON
BELGRADE, July 5 (Tanjug) - Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic conferred with his British counterpart William Hague in London on Thursday.
Jeremic, who will chair the UN General Assembly during the next year, announced earlier that he will have a series of consultations on the UN with crucial actors of the world organization by the end of the summer, primarily the permanent members of the Security Council Russia, China, the Great Britain, France, and the United States.
Jeremic previously met with Hague in London late in November 2011. On the occasion, the head of the Foreign Office said that the Great Britain advocates the EU enlargement to all western Balkan countries, stressing the importance of Serbia's constructive engagement in relations with its neighbors.
WARLICK: US SERBIA BROAD PARTNERSHIP
BELGRADE, July 5 (Tanjug) - The celebration of the U.S. Independence Day is this year followed by two important anniversaries 130 years since establishing diplomatic relations with Serbia and 10 years since USAID started working in the country, US Ambassador to Belgrade Mary Warlick has said.
Today, most importantly, we celebrate our broad partnership with the Serbian government and people our close military and police cooperation, our business ties, our cultural cooperation and wide network of personal friendships, Warlick said.
Addressing the guests of the reception on the occasion of the Independence Day, Warlick said that on July 5, 1882, the U.S. Senate ratified a document which established diplomatic relations with Serbia, while first American representatives for Serbia came to Belgrade later that year.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of USAID in Serbia. During this period, the U.S. government provided over USD 840 million of support to Serbia's democratic institutions and strengthening of the country's economic potential, she stressed.
The U.S. ambassador also said that during two and a half years of her stay in Serbia she met thousands of Serbian citizens belonging to all spheres of life politicians, businesspeople, representatives of the civil sector and students who followed their dreams, for both themselves and their homeland.
Warlick ended her speech with a toast in which she wished for the partnership between Serbia and the U.S. to continue for many more years.
The guests included Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, outgoing Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic, Ministers of Defense and Education, Dragan Sutanovac and Zarko Obradovic respectively, and Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic Dejanovic.
The celebration was also attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps including Ambassadors of Germany Wolfram Maas, Russia Alexander Konuzin, Great Britain Michael Davenport, France François Xavier Deniau and the EU Vincent Degert.
Ambassador Warlick's guests were also Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Serbian party leaders and officials Aleksandar Vucic, Jorgovanka Tabakovic, Boris Tadic, Cedomir Jovanovic, Rasim Ljajic, Nenad Canak, Aleksandra Jerkov, Dragoljub Micunovic and Nenad Popovic, business representatives and National Bank of Serbia Governor Dejan Soskic.
Prior to Warlick's speech, the U.S. and Serbian anthems were played.