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BELGRADE, 19 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met in Belgrade, on March 19, with the Czech ambassador to Serbia, Ivana Hlavsova, ending her term in Belgrade late this month. The minister and the ambassador underlined the necessity of strengthening ties between the two states in all areas of mutual interest. They were both satisfied with the dynamic and continuous political dialogue at all levels, expressing readiness to continue it in the future, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. Minister Dacic thanked the diplomat for her country's support to Serbia's EU integration, expecting it to continue throughout the accession negotiations. Ambassador Hlavsova thanked the minister for cooperation, saying that apart from very good bilateral relations and cooperation with Serbia's officials and institutions, her diplomatic tenure in Serbia was marked by her deep conviction that the two nations had built a very strong friendship. Minister Dacic said he was convinced that this year's joint ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations established between the then Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians and Czechoslovakia would be yet another opportunity to celebrate Serbia's relationship with the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


BELGRADE, 19 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met in Belgrade, on March 19, with Denmark's ambassador to Serbia, Anders Christian Hougard, to discuss the development of bilateral cooperation and opportunities to step up political dialogue, particularly between top-ranking officials. The minister and the ambassador agreed the two states shared a common interest in deepening and strengthening all aspects of bilateral cooperation, with great potential for stronger economic ties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. The two also recalled that an important anniversary - 100 years since diplomatic relations were established between Serbia and Danmark - was celebrated last year, the Ministry said in a press release. They also discussed the situation in the region and Serbia's contribution to peace and stability. Minister Dacic thanked the ambassador for his country's continuous support to Serbia's EU integration.


BELGRADE, 19 March 2018 (Beta) - Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on March 19 met with newly appointed Lebanese Ambassador to Serbia Nada Al Akl, and stressed the importance of further joint commitment to improve bilateral cooperation, particularly economic cooperation, according to a release from the Foreign Ministry. Dacic particularly pointed to the importance of strengthening economic cooperation by increasing bilateral trade, linking the two countries' chambers of commerce and organizing economic conferences and forums. The two officials underlined the potential for cooperation in tourism, noting that the number of Lebanese tourists in Serbia had risen over the past few years. Dacic expressed special thanks to Lebanon for its principled position not to recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo, adding that he expected Beirut to continue supporting Serbia's territorial integrity and sovereignty. He added that Serbia would continue to actively contribute to the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon through the engagement of Serbian Army's personnel. They also agreed that it was necessary to intensify political dialogue at the high level and deepen cooperation and in that light he underlined the importance of the return visit by Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to Serbia in the coming period, according to the release.


BELGRADE, 18 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbia's top officials on March 18 congratulated Vladimir Putin on his re-election as Russia's president. In his letter, President Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia was a sincere and reliable partner of Russia. "Please accept my congratulations on your re-election as the president of Russia, with best wishes to continue to resolutely lead your country on the firmly established path of progress to the benefit of all citizens. I am convinced that with your exceptional leadership talent, coupled with a clear vision and strong will, as well as responsibility and commitment to work, you will continue to be successful in solving all important matters for Russia and in fulfilling plans for its further overall development," Vucic said in the letter, according to a statement from the Presidency. Vucic thanked Putin for his personal contribution to strengthening the traditional and genuine friendship between the two countries and on defending Serbia's interests, which is reflected through Russia's support in the U.N. and all other international organizations where Serbia is protecting its integrity, reputation and traditional struggle for freedom. "Serbia is a sincere friend and a reliable partner of Russia and you can rely on our contribution to deepening cooperation as well as on the effort to realize joint projects. I am convinced that, with mutual understanding, we will be paving the way for the generations to come," Vucic said in the letter. Vucic also wished Putin success on this responsible position, good health and happiness in his personal life. "I hope, my dear friend, that in this mandate you will also give us the honor of visiting Serbia as every meeting with you is an opportunity for a valuable exchange of opinions and wise advice," Vucic wrote.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic also congratulated Putin on his re-election and fourth term in office as Russia's president. Brnabic wrote that Serbia and Russia were connected by good, friendly and warm relations, adding she was convinced that "the two countries and their citizens will expand cooperation in all domains."


BELGRADE, 19 March 2018 (Beta) - Prime Minister Ana Brnabic on March 19 received a farewell visit by Czech Ambassador to Serbia Ivana Hlavsova, and thanked her for her exceptional effort to enhance bilateral relations, according to a statement from the Serbian government. Brnabic recalled that a number of meetings between two countries' officials were held and the bilateral political dialogue improved during Ambassador Hlavsova's mandate. The ambassador stressed the Czech Republic's strong backing to Serbia's EU path and the policy of regional stability. She praised the Serbian government's achievements in economic reforms, expressing the expectation that in the future, Serbia would be a country with a competitive economy and would thereby attract even more foreign investors. Brnabic and Ambassador Hlavsova agreed that there was an interest in further deepening cooperation in all fields, expressing the expectation that there would be more joint infrastructure projects in the future, the statement said.


BELGRADE, 19 March 2018 (Beta) - Parliament speaker Maja Gojkovic on March 19 sent a letter to Li Zhanshu, congratulating him on his election as chairman of Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, according to a release from the Serbian parliament. "Relying on the friendship between our two countries, the steel character of which has been confirmed both in good and difficult moments in history, I want to express full readiness to continue to develop our fruitful relations for the benefit of our two peoples, based on the comprehensive strategic cooperation and the protocol on setting up a commission of our two institutions," the release said. Gojkovic reiterated Serbia's strong commitment, through engaging in projects of global importance, such as One Belt One Road Initiative, to contribute to building a community of peoples in the interest of peace and cooperation on an equitable basis. "Remembering the splendid hospitality during my last visit to China, I wish to take this opportunity to extend an official invitation to you to visit Serbia," Gojkovic said in the letter.


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