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SERBIA

DACIC MEETS QATAR'S AMBASSADOR TO DISCUSS CRISIS IN PERSIAN GULF

Belgrade, 16 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbia's acting prime minister Ivica Dacic met on June 16 with Qatar's ambassador to Belgrade, Mubarak Fahad Al-Thani, who briefed the Serbian official on a crisis in relations between the states bordering the Persian Gulf, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. Dacic, who is also Serbia's foreign minister, said that Serbia was closely monitoring the situation in the Gulf area in terms of friendly bilateral relations with Arab states, bearing also in mind the many Serbian nationals living and working in Qatar. Minister Dacic encouraged the use of dialog as a way out of the crisis, the ministry said in a press release. In the same context, Serbia pleas that all parties exercise restraint and look for a peaceful way out of the crisis through negotiations within the Council for Cooperation between the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.

VUCIC, DACIC SEND LETTERS OF CONDOLENCE TO PORTUGUESE COUNTERPARTS

Belgrade, 18 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic send on June 18 a letter of condolence to his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, following a catastrophic forest fire that claimed the lives of 58 people, the Office of the President reported. "It is with great sadness that we learned about the forest fire in the central part of Portugal that killed and injured many, causing enormous damage as well. Nature has reminded us again that we are not strong enough to resist its forces, which cannot stop us from joining forces and helping each other," Vucic said in his telegram. President Vucic said that Serbia was ready to offer its assistance and support in removing the consequences of the disaster.
The acting prime minister of Serbia, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, sent his condolences to Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, offering Serbia's support, too. To his Portuguese counterpart and the people of Portugal the Serbian foreign minister expressed his deepest sympathy with the families that had lost their dearest and wished the survivors a quick recovery. In Pedrogao Grande, 150 kilometers from Lisbon, 600 firefighters have been trying to extinguish fires since June 17. The latest reports say that 58 people were killed in the fire, some in cars as they fled. A total of 58 people were injured.

HELMUT KOHL WAS AHEAD OF HIS TIME AND SECURED WELL-BEING FOR CITIZENS

Belgrade, 16 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic sent a letter of condolence on June 16, after the death of the former German chancellor, Helmut Kohl, to the president and chancellor of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Angela Merkel, in which he stressed that Kohl had been ahead of his time and had brought well-being to German citizens. "As the longest-serving chancellor after the war, Kohl succeeded in carrying out his wise ideas as to the unification of Germany, and was the initiator of the joint European currency," Vucic said. The Serbian president stressed that, in that "Kohl was ahead of his time, brought progress and well-being to German citizens and led the country into a new era, the country that is known as the leading power of the European continent." Vucic said that he was saddened by the news of the death of the years-long German chancellor.
The acting Serbian prime minister and foreign minister, Ivica Dacic, sent a telegram of condolence to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. In the letter he sent on behalf of the Serbian government and his own, Dacic wrote that Helmut Kohl was "one of the greatest European leaders of the second half of the 20th century." The former German chancellor, Helmut Kohl, who reunited Germany, died on June 16 at the age of 88, the Bild paper reported, whose management is close to Kohl's circles.

STEFANOVIC, COE REPRESENTATIVE DISCUSS MIGRANTS

Belgrade, 16 June 2017 (Beta) - Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met in Belgrade on June 16 with the special representative of the general secretary of the Council of Europe (CoE) for migration and refugees, Tomas Bocek. A statement from the Interior Ministry states that the topics discussed were the situation with migrants and the related security challenges that Serbia was facing, and ways in which the Council of Europe could provide support and assistance in solving the migrant crisis. The representative of the Council of Europe conveyed the institution's readiness to provide support and assistance to Serbia in that regard, the statement reads.