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BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, who is paying a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Sept. 20 talked with the UAE's minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, about bilateral relations and lifting visas for Serbian citizens, the Serbian Foreign Ministry has stated. "At today's (Sept. 20) meeting, the foreign ministers of Serbia and the UAE agreed on the lifting of visas for Serbian citizens who travel to this country," the statement reads. Dacic said he was "pleased with the level of established top-level contacts, and with the upward trend in mutual economic cooperation. He reiterated Serbia's readiness for the further strengthening and expansion of comprehensive cooperation in all fields," the Serbian ministry has stated. Zayed stressed that the visit of the Serbian foreign minister confirmed the friendly and partner relations between the two countries, and reiterated his country's readiness to build exceptional bilateral relations with Serbia. The two ministers also discussed the holding of the first session of the Mixed Committee on Cooperation between Serbia and the UAE, which will be held in Belgrade in mid-November.


BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu talked in Belgrade on Sept. 20, the government said in a statement. Soylu said that he was pleased with the state of relations between Serbia and Turkey and successful cooperation in cracking down on terrorism and organized crime, and thanked Serbia for supporting Turkey. Brnabic said that EU membership was Serbia's strategic goal and that regional cooperation was among the government's main priorities, especially in the area of the economy. She also voiced her satisfaction with good bilateral ties and said that Serbia was interested in continuing political dialogue and improving cooperation in all areas where there was a common interest, and lauded the cooperation between the two country's interior ministries. Serbian and Turkish interior ministers Nebojsa Stefanovic and Suleyman Soylu signed in Belgrade on Sept. 19 a letter of intent between the two ministries in the area of security, which, the Serbian Interior Ministry said, would contribute to the faster and more intensive exchange of data.


BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and the European commissioner for migration and home affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, signed an agreement in Belgrade on Sept. 20 between Serbia and the European Union, on activities the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) would carry out in Serbia. At the joint news conference at the Palace of Serbia, Avramopoulos said that the initialed agreement would improve security at the EU's external borders and secure better management of migration. He said the agreement would enable the European Border and Coast Guard Agency to perform border checks in Serbia's territory and provide assistance in border control, but not assume the tasks or jurisdiction of domestic bodies. Cooperation with the Serbian government contributes to achieving other goals with EU support. Let us use this incentive for the Western Balkans in the greatest measure, he said, adding that everyone in the region should work together on suppressing all forms of crime, including terrorism and arms trafficking. He added that he supported the citizens of Serbia on their path to the EU and wished that nothing jeopardized them on that path. Stefanovic said Serbia was truly committed to opposing all forms of crime and that it was important for the state to do everything necessary to make its citizens safe, in cooperation with all international partners.


BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met in Belgrade on Sept. 20 with Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter to discuss enhancing cooperation between police in both countries, especially in the area of fighting drug trafficking. A statement said that Stefanovic thanked his Hungarian counterpart for an invitation to the Serbian Interior Ministry to participate in an ISF project as part of the fight against drugs, while Pinter said that cooperation between the two police forces so far was on a very good level. Stefanovic and Pinter stressed that the two ministries had excellent cooperation in curbing illegal migration, while the two ministers also discussed concrete steps in exchanging experience and expertise in the battle against high technology crime.


BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - The interior ministers of Serbia and Montenegro, Nebojsa Stefanovic and Mevludin Nuhodzic, said on Sept. 20 that cooperation between the two countries' police forces was good and that in recent months it had resulted in good operative activities of joint teams. During the talks in Belgrade, Stefanovic said that the criminal polices of Serbia and Montenegro were cooperating daily. "Except operations in our two countries' territories, we also succeeded, thanks to good operative information and international cooperation with colleagues from other countries, to cut some serious organized crime chains," Stefanovic said, as quoted by the Serbian Interior Ministry. The Montenegrin interior minister said that good cooperation in the fight against organized crime had resulted in arrests in both countries. "All these operations are a clear message to criminals - that they are not safe anywhere and that justice will be done. Good cooperation is certainly a precondition for the police forces to be a step ahead of the criminals. We have concurred that the institutions of both Serbia and Montenegro have the strength and capacity, and that they are determined to win the battle against organized crime," Nuhodzic said.


BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - During their conversation on Sept. 20, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu assured the Serbian minister of trade, tourism and telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic, that the ratification of the free trade agreement with Serbia, which envisages the expansion of the scope of goods that can exported into Turkey duty-free, would be on the agenda of the next session of the Turkish Parliament. The two ministers met in Belgrade to discuss the further development of relations between the two countries, primarily in trade. Soylu announced that the implementation of all projects agreed with Serbia would continue, and stressed the importance of the construction of the Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway, the statement reads. According to Ljajic, good political and economic relations between Serbia and Turkey are important for the stability of the entire region, because of which the Serbian government is interested in developing cooperation at all levels.


BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Environmental Protection Minister Goran Trivan and Chinese Minister of Ecology and Environment Li Ganjie pointed out the importance of continuing and strengthening bilateral cooperation in environmental protection, the Ministry of Environmental Protection stated on Sept. 20. The two ministers met on Sept. 19 on the margins of the ministerial conference Pledge for the Future, held under the auspices of the 16+1 Mechanism of China and countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which is being held in Podgorica, Montenegro, from Sept. 19 to 21. Trivan stressed that Serbia was carefully monitoring China's activities in the field of environmental protection, and concluded that the country had made a huge advance in technology in that field, which he corroborated with the fact that China had recognized environmental protection as one of its five priorities. He expressed gratitude for China's open cooperation with Serbia within the 16+1 Mechanism, stressing that good and friendly relations should be accompanied by concrete projects. Chinese Minister Li Ganjie said that China viewed Serbia as a true partner within the 16+1 Mechanism.


BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic met on Sept. 20 with outgoing Slovenian Ambassador Vladimir Gasparic to discuss relations between the two countries, the process of Serbia's European integration, the situation in the EU and relations in the region. Jadranka Joksimovic voiced her gratitude for the support and expert and technical aid that Slovenia was extending to Serbia in the process of European integration and added that she was sure that the new Slovenian government would continue to embrace the policy of EU enlargement and affirm Serbia's European road, the government said in a statement. The minister briefed Ambassador Gasparic on the govenrment's plans and activities in the EU accession process and said that she expected Serbia to open chapters which it was technically ready for by the end of the year during the Austrian chair of the EU Council. She informed Gasparic that the Serbian government, among other things, had accepted all of the Venice Commission's recommendations for constitutional amendments in the area of the judiciary. For Serbia, she said, it was of great importance to continue and intensify communication with Slovenia in the area of Europe's macroregional strategies - especially for the Danube Strategy. Minister Joksimovic and Ambassador Gasparic agreed that cooperation in the region was a precondition for development and progress and that the stability of the region was important for the EU's stability. Ambassador Vladimir Gasparic said that Slovenia would continue to support Serbia's European integration process and that it advocated EU enlargement, which, he pointed out, confirmed that the region was one of Ljubljana's foreign policy priorities.


BELGRADE, 20 September 2018 (Beta) - There are 279 members of the Serbian Armed Forces and the Defense Ministry participating in nine international military operations, of which 177 in Lebanon, the chief of the Defense Ministry's Bureau for International Military Cooperation, Milan Rankovic, said on Sept. 20. Speaking at the conference titled Cooperation of the Serbian Armed Forces with the Armed Forces of NATO Member Countries, Rankovic said that Serbia cooperated with more than 60 states and had 72 defense contracts signed. "In 2017, we carried out 25 exercises, where 1,041 members of the Defense Ministry and Serbian Armed Forces participated. We are currently performing an exercise with the Romanian Air Force," Rankovic said. The chief of NATO's liaison office in Belgrade, Cesare Marinelli, said that NATO, although it had 29 member countries, cooperated with 69 states. If it does not want to, Serbia does not need to be a NATO member. That is up to Serbia to decide. We offer the training and knowledge of 29 countries. You can choose that, Marinelli said, adding that Serbia was a part of stability and that NATO valued everything Serbia was doing. He added that, this year for the first time, Serbia was participating in the military exercise REGEX, the final phase of which would be held in Mladenovac from Oct. 8 to 11.


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