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SERBIA

DACIC RECEIVES AMBASSADORS OF SAUDI ARABIA, ICELAND, JORDAN

BELGRADE, 22 March 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic received the new ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Iceland and Jordan on March 22. He met with Hani bin Abdullah Muminah, the non-resident Saudi Arabian ambassador headquartered in Sarajevo, and discussed advancing cooperation and building economic and investment contacts. Both agreed there were wide opportunities for deeper mutual cooperation and voiced readiness to advance bilateral relations overall, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release. Dacic said relations between the two countries were developing, especially when it came to the economy, and voiced the desire to see them expanding through the exchange of visits at all levels, and boosting economic and investment contacts, but also contacts in all other areas.
Dacic also met with non-resident Icelandic Ambassador Martin Eyjolfsson, headquartered in Berlin, and discussed promoting economic cooperation. The interlocutors expressed the desire to advance Serbia-Iceland relations by exchanging visits, consultations between the foreign ministries and boosting economic cooperation, primarily in tourism.
Fawaz al-Itan, the new ambassador of Jordan, resident in Athens, learned from Dacic that overall relations between the two nations could be even better and that Serbia was ready to promote political dialog, economic relations and contractual regulations with Jordan. Al-Itan agreed and briefed the Serbian minister on the degree of difficulty facing his country in receiving refugees from the region with insufficient support from the international community. Al-Itan stressed that a just, comprehensive and sustainable solution to the Palestinian issue on the principle of two states with borders from before June 4, 1967 was a prerequisite in resolving this and all other burning issues in the Middle East.

VUCIC, CHEPURIN DISCUSS BILATERAL TIES

BELGRADE, 22 March 2017 (Beta) - Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on March 22 talked with Russian Ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin, about his impending visit to Moscow and bilateral relations. They said that Vucic's upcoming visit to Moscow and his meeting with President Vladimir Putin would be an opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest, particularly economic and defense cooperation, according to a statement from the Serbian government. Vucic and Chepurin agreed that friendly ties had been maintained through upgrading economic and scientific cooperation, based on the economic growth needs of Serbia and Russia.  As the most promising fields of cooperation, they identified industry, agriculture, medicine and pharmaceuticals, as well as the fastest-growing information technologies, the statement said.

SAUDI ARABIA WANTS TO INVEST IN HEALTH TOURISM IN SERBIA

BELGRADE, 22 March 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic spoke on March 22 the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hani bin Abdullah Muminah, who stressed that investors from that country were interested in investing in the sectors of tourism, medical tourism, banking, agriculture and industry in Serbia. According to a press release issued by her ministry, Mihajlovic told the ambassador that Serbia was open to advancing business cooperation between the two nations. She said she would officially invitate actors in politics and business in Saudi Arabia to visit Serbia so they can evaluate their business opportunities in direct contacts. Mihajlovic presented the business environment in Serbia, stressing that the country had a favorable geographic location and was working busily to build infrastructural connections with the region, listing as examples the project to build a highway from Belgrade to Sarajevo and the Nis-Merdare-Pristina highway. The Saudi ambassador said relations between the two countries were good and that he would convey his impressions about the opportunities for doing business in Serbia to the private sector.

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