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DAILY SURVEY 18.05.2017.
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SERBIA

MILITARY COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIA AND TUNISIA

BELGRADE, 17 May 2017 (Beta) - Serbia and Tunisia signed an agreement on cooperation in the defense field on May 17, the Serbian Defense Ministry has stated. The agreement was signed in Tunisia by Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic and the Tunisian Defense Minister Farhat Horchani. The two ministers discussed possibilities for the further development of bilateral cooperation in defense and concurred that a realistic potential existed for its development in the defense industry, military scientific and technical cooperation, education, training and the medical corps, as well as in history and museology. Djordjevic and Horchani concurred that the agreement on cooperation in the defense sector would be just a normative framework for the further development of cooperation in all spheres of mutual interest. The agreement also envisages the forming of a mixed military committee, and Djordjevic emphasized Serbia's readiness to present its potentials for cooperation in the domain of defense technology and for work in joint research, development and production projects. During the visit to Tunisia, the defense minister also visited the Serbian military cemeteries from the First World War in Bizerta and Menzel Mourguiba, and laid wreaths and paid tribute to the soldiers who succumbed to their wounds after the Albanian Golgotha in the First World War.

ANTIC MEETS WITH TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO SERBIA

BELGRADE, 17 May 2017 (Beta) - The Serbian mining and energy minister, Aleksandar Antic, had talks on May 17 with the Turkish ambassador to Serbia, Tanju Bilgic, about the development of economic relations, especially in the energy sector. According to a statement from the Ministry, Antic was invited to participate in the 22nd World Oil Congress, to be held in Istanbul from July 9 to 13. The ambassador highlighted Turkish companies' interest in increasing investments in Serbia in all fields, especially in the energy sector.

MEMORANDUM SIGNED ON COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIAN - LEBANESE BUSINESS COUNCIL AND SERBIAN COMMERCE CHAMBER

BELGRADE, 17 May 2017 (Beta) - Officials of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and of the Serbian-Lebanese Business Council signed a Memorandum of understanding on May 17, the goal of which is the development of economic cooperation and business ties between Serbian and Lebanese businessmen. The memorandum, which also envisages the strengthening of joint activities of the two associations on reaching that goal, was signed by the presidents of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Serbian-Lebanese Business Council, Marko Cadez and Brent Sadler, it was stated after the meeting. "Our job is to connect Serbian companies with foreign markets, to open doors for them and to help them reach partners and find joint ventures where they want to invest," Cadez said. He said the plan was for the Serbian business delegation to pay a visit to Beirut in mid-September. According to the president of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, they also considered "some directions of joint cooperation in the fields of pharmacy, health tourism and the textile industry" during the meeting. Sadler stressed that the memorandum was an important economic bridge between the two nations "which share a history of good cooperation." The focus of joint activities of the two business associations will be to strengthen business activities and cooperation among the two countries' companies, the statement reads.

VULIN, VESIC LAY WREATHS AT MEMORIAL TO RADOMIR PUTNIK

BELGRADE, 17 May 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Labor Aleksandar Vulin on May 17 placed a wreath on a monument to the Serbian military leader Radomir Putnik and said his generation was not able to choose its wars, but that it did choose to fight for freedom, like the generations of today. "Vojvoda Radomir Putnik is the most distinguished member of a victorious, courageous generation. He kept the freedom-fighter spirit alive in Serbia and an indefatigable desire to fight for it," said Vulin. Belgrade city manager Goran Vesic said it was good that Serbia was commemorating 100 years since the death of Putnik, as remembering shapes future generations and honors the past, thus keeping safe the future. A state ceremony commemorating the centennial of Putnik's death also included the Association of Volunteer Fighters 1912/1918, Serb Beacon and the League of the Descendants of Serbian Warriors 1912-1920 of Kikinda also placed wreaths at the memorial at Belgrade's Novo Groblje cemetery. Radomir Putnik was a Serbian military mastermind, who served five terms as minister of war and two terms as chief of staff of the Kingdom of Serbia in the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913 and World War I. His remains are interred at Novo Groblje, while the monument in his memory was erected in 1926.

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