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SERBIA

DACIC MEETS WITH OTHER FOREIGN MINISTERS IN NEW YORK

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Sept. 27, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, met separately with the foreign ministers of Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, the Dominican Republic and Grenada to discuss bilateral cooperation and international political and economic issues. Dacic discussed with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil political, economic and security issues in the Western Balkans and the Middle East, developing economic cooperation between the two countries and enhancing the development of tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. Dacic and Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev described bilateral relations as being "on an exceptionally high level" and arranged the further coordination of joint activities and providing mutual support, the statement said. During a discussion with the foreign minister of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Octavio Vargas Maldonado, Dacic said that there was a will to enhance cooperation in every area. The statement said that Dacic and Maldonado signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries. Grenadian Foreign Minister Peter David and the Serbian foreign minister concluded that there was potential for developing cooperation in numerous areas between the two countries. According to the statement David acquainted Dacic in detail with the potentials for developing Grenada, but also its needs in the areas of education and agriculture. Dacic also met in New York with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Garcia and Moldovan Foreign Minister Tudor Ulianovschi.

BRNABIC THANKS ROSS FOR CHANGE OF U.S. APPROACH TO SERBIA

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in New York on Sept. 27, and thanked the U.S. administration for changing its approach to Serbia, the government in Belgrade has stated. Brnabic and Ross discussed economic cooperation and the prime minister pointed out that investments of the NCR company were very important for Serbia, because that company and Microsoft were important for the economic and technological development of Serbia, in fields where the U.S. was one of the biggest foreign investors. The prime minister said a state contract had been signed on the procurement of Oracle hardware and licenses, which makes Serbia the first country in Central and Eastern Europe, and the second one in Europe after Great Britain, introducing the State Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, which is important for the further development of e-governance. In the conversation about Kosovo and Metohija, the prime minister expressed gratitude for the change of the U.S. administration's approach to Serbia. "It is very important that this administration is prepared to hear the stands of Serbia," she said, stressing that "American support is significant because it is necessary that Pristina accept a compromise, which is important for all people who live in Kosovo." The meeting between Brnabic and Ross was also attended by Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, who said that it was important that the Albanians in KiM realized that "they have to accept a compromise, after having believed so far that there was absolutely no need to talk and agree with the Serbs," the statement reads. "The situation is now changed, you are our ally and friend, which helps the continuing of the dialogue," Dacic told Secretary Ross. Brnabic was also quoted as saying that "Serbian officials and citizens alike would want U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Serbia."

BRNABIC MEETS SWISS PRESIDENT

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said during the meeting with Swiss President Alain Berset that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue was "a difficult process" which called for "a lot of time and patience," but that Serbia was committed to it, her office stated on Sept. 27. Brnabic said President Aleksandar Vucic, during his term in office as prime minister, had initiated the process of normalization of relations with Pristina and thus, although he has been criticized in the country, demonstrated "leadership and political responsibility for the future" of Serbia. She said the full implementation of the Brussels Agreement was very important for Serbia. "The main problem is that Pristina had done nothing on the implementation of the Brussels agreement, while Belgrade had completed all its obligations. Although that significantly complicates the dialogue and normalization of relations, we are not giving up on the dialogue and we believe that a compromise is the only solution that would be acceptable for both sides in the long run," she said, adding that Kosovo should not become a frozen conflict. Brnabic presented the most important results of economic reforms and those in education, saying that the Swiss model of dual education was a good example for Serbia and that, by adopting legal solutions, conditions were created for dual education to develop in Serbia in greater scope. The prime minister voiced thanks for Switzerland's support to Serbia, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Brnabic and Berset also discussed digitalization as an issue that is among the priorities in both countries.

BRNABIC ATTENDS EU LEADERS' RECEPTION

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic attended a reception organized by EU senior officials, her office said in a Sept. 27 statement. The reception was organized by European Council President Donald Tusk, First Vice President Frans Timmermans and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. At the reception, Brnabic met with U.S. government representatives including Wess Mitchell, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. The Serbian prime minister also met with Mogherini, former Slovenian prime minister Miro Cerar and other officials. On Sept. 26 Brnabic attended a U.N. Security Council session which was chaired by U.S. President Donald Trump.

JOKSIMOVIC, NEW UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE IN SERBIA MEET

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic met on Sept. 27 with the new UNICEF representative in Serbia, Regina De Dominicis, with whom she discussed cooperation and achieving the U.N. agenda's goals of sustainable development, the office of the Serbian minister said in a press release. Joksimovic thanked UNICEF for its activities and said that the results that UNICEF had achieved in Serbia were significant and remarkable and that the international organization had been identified by the Serbian public as an important segment that looks after the youngest generations, the statement said. Both officials agreed that European integration was the best way for Serbia to achieve the goals of sustainable development in the 2030 U.N. agenda. The press release said that what it was primarily focusing on was goal three - securing a healthy life and promoting the welfare of people of all generations, four - securing inclusive and quality education and abilities for an entire lifetime of learning, and five - achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.

STEFANOVIC, CHEPURIN: GOOD COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIA AND RUSSIA

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and the Russian ambassador to Belgrade, Alexander Chepurin, concurred on Sept. 27 that cooperation between the two countries was good, especially in the field of police and security. Stefanovic said the police forces of Serbia and Russia would continue to develop cooperation in the fight against crime, especially cybercrime, money laundering and drug trafficking, stated the Serbian Interior Ministry. Stefanovic and Chepurin commented on the positive results of the training courses which the Russian police had organized for their Serbian colleagues, the statement reads. Chepurin added that Russia would continue to support the professional development of members of the Serbian Interior Ministry.

MIHAJLOVIC, SCHIEB: CONNECTING SERBIA TO REGION, EU A PRIORITY

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic met on Sept. 27 with the new German Ambassador Thomas Schieb to discuss regional connectivity and cooperation on joint projects. She stressed that Germany was an important partner to Serbia in bilateral relations and on route to accession to the EU. "Our priority is connecting to the region and the EU and everything that we are doing in infrastructure we are doing according to European standards. We expect your support for us to be even more efficient," the minister said. The German ambassador said that Serbia and Germany had developed not only economic but also technical cooperation and that he believed that it would continue to be that way in the future. He thanked the Serbian deputy prime minister for endorsing Roma integration projects in Serbia. During the meeting the participants mentioned that the German KfW development bank had invested EUR252 million in communal infrastructure, which was used by nearly one third of the Serbian population or 1.9 million citizens. "Cooperation is very advanced in the area of water traffic as well, while there is a potential to advance it in the area of energy efficiency, too," Mihajlovic was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Ministry of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure.

DJORDJEVIC WITH NEWLY APPOINTED CZECH AMBASSADOR TOMAS KUCHTA

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian minister of labor, employment, veteran and social policy, Zoran Djordjevic, on Sept. 27 welcomed the newly appointed ambassador of the Czech Republic, Tomas Kuchta, and wished him a pleasant stay in Serbia. He recalled that this year marked 100 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, "which is a good motive for cooperation in the fields of labor, employment, veterans' and welfare issues to be raised to an even higher level." Djordjevic said that this year also marked 100 years since the end of World War I, adding that this jubilee was a confirmation of traditional friendship between the two nations and a great victory of freedom, truth and justice. "There is great potential for defining various models of cooperation in the fields under the ministry's jurisdiction," Djordjevic said, adding that he hoped "the regulation of relations between the two countries in the fields of labor and employment, in the interest of the two states and their citizens, would take place in the coming period." Kuchta thanked Djordjevic for the warm welcome and said he hoped cooperation between the two countries would continue to follow an upward trend during his mandate.

IMF PRAISES PRIVATIZATION OF RTB

BELGRADE, 27 September 2018 (Beta) - During their Sept. 27 meeting with the Serbian minister of mining and energy, Aleksandar Antic, representatives on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the Serbian government had successfully privatized the RTB Bor mining and smelting complex, through the model of strategic partnership, read a statement released after the meeting in Belgrade. Participants of the meeting, which was also attended by representatives of the World Bank, said that it was very important that RTB's strategic partner, the Chinese company Zijin, would pay the debts of the Bor company and start working free of debts as of the start of next year. Antic said that, since the last meeting with the IMF mission, significant progress had been made in the entire energy sector in Serbia and that the government was more than pleased with the strategic partnership in RTB. "This investment has secured RTB Bor's long-term stability and its capital participation in our industrial production," Antic said. The meeting's participants also said that the financial situation in public enterprises operating in the energy sector had improved, primarily in the Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) and Srbijagas, and they also discussed the petrochemical sector. The IMF mission is in Belgrade for the first review of results of a new program of macroeconomic and structural reforms, which was approved this past summer for a period of 30 months.

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