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DAILY SURVEY 21.07.2017.
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SERBIA

SERBIAN OFFICIALS INVITED TO TEHERAN FOR INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT OF IRAN

BELGRADE, 20 July 2017 (Beta) - Ambassador of Iran, Hossein Molla Abdollahi, on July 20 conveyed an invitation from his government to Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, for the representatives of Serbia to attend the inauguration of President Hasan Rohani in Teheran, on August 5. Besides this, the ambbassador conveyed to Dacic, following his re-appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, congratulations from Iran's foreign minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif. Dacic and Abdollahi also discussed preparations for the forthcoming visit of Iran's minister for foreign affairs to Serbia, and confirmed their readiness to strengthen bilateral relations, particularly economic relations, it said in a statement from the ministry.

STEFANOVIC AND CHEPURIN ON POLICE COOPERATION AGAINST CRIME AND TERRORISM

BELGRADE, 20 July 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and Russian Ambassador Aleksandar Chepurin had talks on July 20, in which they confirmed their dedication to promoting police cooperation through joint projects and activities, especially in combatting organized crime and terrorism. A statement read that Stefanovic and Chepurin said they were pleased the members of the Serbian police had the opportunity with their Russian colleagues to exchange experiences and make further progressn their training. It was agreed at the meeting for the police forces of both countries to continue cooperation.

VULIN HAS TALKS WITH HEAD OF UN OFFICE IN BELGRADE

BELGRADE, 20 July 2017 (Beta) - Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin had talks on July 20 with the head of the U.N. Office in Belgrade, Simona-Mirela Miculescu, about the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, the participation of the Serbia's army in peace-keeping operations, the migrant crisis and the role of women in all domains of societal life. During the talks, Vulin underlined the importance the dialogue with Pristina had in the aim of a better life for all the people of Kosovo and Metohija, with the protection of sovereignity and territorial integrity and full respect of Resolution 1244 and the Military-Technical Agreement. Serbia is dedicated to the United Nations' peace efforts, which, as he added, can be seen quite clearly in the constantly growing participation of the Army of Serbia in peace operations under the mandate of the world organization and the European Union. Vulin said that the establishment of the Balkan military-medical forces would make a fresh contribution to regional cooperation and trust, and it would also bring practical benefit to all the participating states and, potentially, other endangered regions.

MIHAJLOVIC AND MANZO ON PROMOTING SERBIA-ITALY COOPERATION IN CONSTRUCTION

BELGRADE, 20 July 2017 (Beta) - Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlović had talks on July 20 with Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Manzo on Serbia and Italy's cooperation, and on Italy's support for Serbia on its path to membership in the European Union. They also discussed the potential for enhancing cooperation within the "West Balkan 6" initiative, particularly in the context of the recent summit of West Balkan leaders, which took place in Trieste in mid-July. Mihajlovic stressed that the agreement on a transport community, which had been signed in Trieste, was also important for the Balkan countries as this would connect transport markets and encourage investment in the infrastructure in this region, said a statement from the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure. Another topic in the talks was promoting cooperation on concrete projects in the domain of structural engineering and infrastructure in Serbia, which Italian companies are working on in Serbia, as well as the dynamics in carrying out the works in that domain. "Of all the companies that do business in Serbia, whether they are Italian, from other countries or our own local firms, I expect absolutely that the works are of good quality and are completed within the agreed deadline," Mihajlovic stated. Ambassador Manzo said that the Italian companies that have come to Serbia, wish to carry out work in the best possible way and are interested in new projects.

SERBIA - CHINA

COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIA, CHINA CONCRETE INVESTMENTS, PROJECTS

BELGRADE, 20 July 2017 (Beta) - Chinese Zhejiang Province Governor Yuan Jiajun said on July 20 that he had come to visit Serbia to find partners for future projects and to get familiarized with investment possibilities. This was announced after a meeting with the president of the National Council for Coordinating Cooperation with Russia and China, Tomislav Nikolic. Governor Jiajun said that China was ready to manufacture in Serbia because exports were possible to numerous countries from there. He added that he had received concrete proposals from the mayor of Kragujevac for jobs that could be realized as early as in the coming months. "Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was at the head of the Zhejiang Province, gave clear guidelines for the direction of strengthening cooperation between Serbia and China, which the the province will be particularly devoted to," the governor of the Zhejiang Province said. Nikolic said that cooperation between the two states was at an exceptional level but that there was always room for improvement. The president of the National Council proposed concrete cooperation through investing in joint production, especially the production of food, the further linking of cities and local self-administrations, strengthening ties in the area of culture and developing tourism, for which direct flights between Serbia and China would be especially important.

CHINESE PLAN TO BUILD CINEMA CITY IN BELGRADE

BELGRADE, 20 July 2017 (Beta) - The Chinese Province of Zhejiang intends to start the construction of a new cinema city in Belgrade, the governor of the province Yuan Jiajun said on July 20 in a meeting with Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia Rasim Ljajic. He said that the province that he ran had extensive experience in the field and that it was responsible for producing 40 percent of the total film production in China. Governor Yuan Jiajun also informed Ljajic that businesspeople in the province of Zhejiang planned to turn the Belmax shopping center in New Belgrade into a distribution hub for Chinese trade for southeastern Europe. The means modernizing the center and expanding its capacities to the areas of agriculture and information and communication technologies, the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications said. Ljajic stressed that in this way there would be more direct contacts between businesspeople from Serbia and China as currently 50 percent of commodity trade between the two countries was unfolding through third countries. Ljajic and Yuan Jiajun agreed to sign an agreement on economic and trade cooperation between Serbia and the Province of Zhejiang in September, which would define the areas which had the highest potential for further advancement. The Zhejiang province has a population of close to 60 million and is one of China's economically most developed areas.

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