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5 April 2017
LECTURE BY US AMBASSADOR, H.E. KYLE SCOTT, AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
Following the series of lectures by foreign Ambassadors, students of the Diplomatic Academy had an opportunity to hear a presentation by H.E. Kyle Scott, Ambassador of the United States of America, entitled "US foreign policy after the election of Donald Trump: the Approach of the new US Administration to the Western Balkans".
Explaining the current American position on world developments, Ambassador Scott stressed that support for democratic development, economic cooperation and Euro-Atlantic integration in the Western Balkans region, as well as key foreign policy positions will be based on the principles followed thus far. In addition, the role played by Serbia in the region, primarily in the preservation of peace and stability, was estimated as very important.
Ambassador Scott pointed out that the United States wanted to develop bilateral relations with our country and singled out as the most important elements of our relations, among other things, US support for Serbia's European path, Brussels dialogue, economic partnership and investments, working together in the fight against terrorism and resolving humanitarian problems, as well as in institution building and improvement.
3 April 2017
BRUSSELS-BASED AMERICAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS VISIT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
On their traditional study visit to Belgrade, Professor Jerome Sheridan and a group of students from the American University's Brussels Centre visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.
Prof Dr Tanja Miscevic, Head of the negotiating team for negotiations on the accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, gave a lecture to students about the process of the Republic of Serbia's EU accession, pointing out the necessary reform steps in the fields of legislation, administrative preparedness of state institutions and civil society in order to successfully go through the negotiating process as well as during the opening of certain negotiating chapters on the road to full membership.
Ambassador Branimir Filipovic, Acting Assistant Minister for Security Policy, talked about the participation of R. Serbia in regional and international military-security organizations, as well as about security challenges.
The third topic was Kosovo and Metohija and the process of normalizing the relations with Pristina, spoken by Mr Dušan Kozarev, Deputy Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija.
30 March 2017
LECTURE BY HUNGARIAN AMBASSADOR H.E. Mr. ATTILA PINTÉR HELD AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Hungary and the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Attila Pintér, the Ambassador of Hungary to the Republic of Serbia, held a lecture at the Diplomatic Academy.
Presenting as being on a very high level the bilateral relations between our countries, with no open issues, Ambassador Pintér familiarized the attendees with the concept this cooperation was based upon, noting that it was best illustrated by the joint sessions of the two Governments, as well as by numerous visits exchanged between the two countries' high officials.
Ambassador Pintér also spoke about the economic cooperation having increased in terms of all parameters, major Hungarian companies taking part in the Serbian economy and about further development of infrastructure connectivity, as well as investments in rail and inland water transport infrastructure aiming to promote the environment for economic/business operations.
Furthermore, the Ambassador pointed to the exceptional importance of the status of minorities in both countries as well as, in this regard, to the high level of participation of representatives of the Hungarian community in political life in the Republic of Serbia, as another indicator that the bilateral relations between our two countries were very good.
22 March 2017
GERMAN AMBASSADOR H. E. MR. AXEL DITTMANN DELIVERS A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany H. E. Mr. Axel Dittmann delivered a lecture to the attendees of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, on 22 March 2017, the topic being "Bilateral Relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Serbia", within the "International Relations and Foreign Policy of the Republic of Serbia" course.
After the introductory remarks, Ambassador Axel Dittmann started his lecture by familiarizing the attendees with the place and the role of the European Union at the international level, and by underlining the support that the Federal Republic of Germany lent to the Republic of Serbia in its European integration process.
Furthermore, Ambassador A. Dittmann pointed to the good bilateral relations between our two countries, as well as to the solid economic ties confirmed by the growing interest of German companies in investing in Serbia. Moreover, the Ambassador touched on the importance of the visits exchanged at the highest level, and the visits of delegations from different domains -parliamentary, regional and those that take place owing to German foundations, which has overall had a positive impact on cooperation between the two countries. In this context, the Ambassador singled out cultural cooperation as another indispensable factor of bilateral relations.
The Ambassador also spoke about the migrant crisis and regional relations, highlighting the overall cooperation demonstrated by Serbia.
After the lecture, Ambassador Dittmann took many questions from the DA attendees, concerning economic cooperation, Serbia's European integration, regional relations, etc.
16 March 2017
YALE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS VISIT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
A group of students attending the Yale School of Management (United States) visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, on 16 March 2017, in the context of their study visit to the region. The visit to Serbia has been organized for the second time in a row.
On the occasion, the MFA Diplomatic Academy organized special lectures held by Assistant Ministers, Ambassador Goran Aleksic and Ambassador Marina Jovicevic.
Assistant Minister, Ambassador Goran Aleksic briefly spoke to the students about the historical development of bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and the United States of America, with focus on the current situation and the positioning of the United States in the Balkans.
Assistant Foreign Minister, Ambassador Marina Jovicevic elaborated on the process of Serbia's progress towards the European Union, the dynamic of opening the negotiating chapters and the challenges faced along the way.
After the interactive lectures, the students posed numerous questions.
16 March 2017
AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA H.E. LI MANCHANG DELIVERED A LECTURE AT THE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY
The lecture of H.E. Li Manchang, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Serbia, entitled "PR of China and its relations with the Republic of Serbia" opened a series of lectures to be held by foreign Ambassadors for participants of the 2016/2017 Basic Diplomatic Training Programme.
In his introduction to the lecture, Ambassador Li Manchang highlighted the specific characteristics and complexity of the social and economic development of the PR of China, and its role on the international scene. He emphasized the key principles of Chinese internal and foreign policy, based on planned development, stability, respect of territorial integrity and sovereignty, and respect of the interests of other countries.
In a cordial atmosphere interwoven with the Ambassador's reflections on his student days in Belgrade, Ambassador Li Manchang drew attention to the historical importance and exchange of experience with the SFRY, the period of overture of the PR of China to the world and embracing of reforms which had, gradually, provided conditions for the country's continued economic progress.
Ambassador Li Manchang further assessed the current bilateral relations between the PR of China and the Republic of Serbia as exceptionally friendly, a proof of which are many agreements and projects constituting the foundation for the further development of cooperation, primarily in the economic area.
Responding to participant questions, Ambassador Li Manchang went on to give a positive example of operation of the Smederevo Steel Works, and underlined the importance of cooperation between the two countries in culture and education areas, indicating a rise in student exchange and regular upgrading of civil servant professional capacities, organized by Chinese institutions.