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SERBIA

SERBIA WILL COOPERATE IN GOOD FAITH WITH ALL B-H PRESIDENCY MEMBERS

BELGRADE, 10 October 2018 (Beta) - President Aleksandar Vucic has said that Serbia will cooperate in good faith with all Bosnia-Herzegovina (B-H) Presidency members elected in the recent general elections. Answering journalists' questions in Astana, where he is on an official visit, Vucic said that for the time being he was only familiar with the outcome of the elections of the three-member B-H Presidency. "Serbia will cooperate in good faith with B-H, with all B-H Presidency members, those people were elected in accordance with the B-H applicable law and it is our job to honor both, the B-H laws and the will of the people," Vucic said. Vucic further said he would cooperate with Dodik, with whom he had maintained "good, rational and successful cooperation," and also with Komsic and Dzaferovic, adding he believed that cooperation would be successful. Vucic also said that he was not familiar with other results or which coalitions would be formed, noting that it was the internal affair of B-H.

SERBIA ABOLISHES VISA-FREE REGIME WITH IRAN

BELGRADE, 10 October 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian government abolished the visa-free regime with Iran, a little over a year after it was introduced. According to the announcement in the Official Gazette, the government brought the decision when the Decision on abolishing visas for entering the Republic of Serbia ceased to have effect for citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The government reached the decision on Oct. 8 and it will come into effect on the eighth day after the announcement in the Official Gazette. Serbian entry visas were abolished for Iranian citizens in August 2017.

SERBIA, BELARUS SIGN FORENSIC COOPERATION AGREEMENT

BELGRADE, 10 October 2018 (Beta) - Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and Andrei Shved, chairman of the Belarus State Forensic Examination Committee, signed an agreement in Belgrade on Oct. 10, on cooperation in the field of forensic work, the Serbian ministry said in a release. The two officials discussed the exchange of knowledge and experience in the forensics. Shved said that the agreement was important for the State Forensic Examination Committee, which was ready to provide any assistance to the Serbian police in combating organized crime and other forms of crime. Stefanovic described bilateral relations as friendly and that cooperation between the two countries had been strengthening in the political, economic and security domains over the past few years. He added that aside from the exchange of data in the field, the agreement would facilitate more efficient forensic analyses.

FOREIGN INVESTORS' COUNCIL ENCOURAGING SERBIA'S SWIFTER EU ACCESSION

BRUSSELS, 10 October 2018 (Beta) - In Brussels, a delegation of the Foreign Investors (FIC) and representatives of the European Commission discussed Serbia's swifter EU accession and called on EU institutions to back Serbia on its EU path, the FIC said in a statement on Oct. 10. The FIC said it was ready to continue and intensify its engagement in supporting the EU process through the exchange of opinions and cooperation with the Serbian government and EU institutions. "EU institutions are again invited to actively support Serbia as mutual cooperation is necessary to bring Serbia's market closer to the rules and practices applied in the EU," the statement said. The FCI delegation comprised president Yana Mikhailova, Board of Directors member Goran Pekez and Executive Director Ana Tozzi. During a two-day stay in Brussels, the FIC delegation met with representatives of the European Commission's seven Directorates-General: Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD), Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL), Trade (TRADE), Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), and Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW). Meetings were also held with representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and Serbia's Ambassador to the EU Ana Hrustanovic.