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DAILY SURVEY 10.08.2017.
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SERBIA

DACIC MEETS PAKISTANI, PALESTINIAN AMBASSADORS

BELGRADE, 9 August 2017 (Beta) - Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met on Aug. 9 with Pakistani Ambassador to Serbia Syed Adil Gilani to discuss ways to intensify political dialogue at all levels, and boost economic cooperation in all realms of mutual interest. The meeting focused on the fact that next year, the two countries will mark 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, it said in a release from the Foreign Ministry. Gilani invited Dacic to join him on a walk on Aug. 13 on the occasion of Pakistani Independence Day, and to attend a cultural event on Aug. 14.
On Aug. 9, Dacic also met with the ambassador to Serbia of the State of Palestine, Mohammed Nabhan, to discuss bilateral relations, the opening of a Serbian embassy in Ramallah, and the situation in the Middle East. They exchanged views on the continued exchange of high-level visits, the opening of a Serbian embassy in Ramallah, and the two foreign ministries holding political consultations. Ambassador Nabhan informed Dacic about the latest developments in the region, and activities taken toward calming the situation in Jerusalem and the continuation of the peace process.

DACIC, TANIN DISCUSS SITUATION IN KOSOVO, BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOGUE PROSPECT

BELGRADE, 9 August 2017 (Beta) - Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met on Aug. 9 with the U.N. Secretary General's special representative for Kosovo and UNMIK chief, Zahir Tanin, to discuss the political and security situation in Kosovo, prospects of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and UNMIK's activities. The two officials underlined the importance of the mission's further unreduced engagement in the fields that were crucial for the survival and normal, dignified life of Serbs and members of other non-Albanian communities in Kosovo, it said in a release from the Foreign Ministry. Dacic expressed special gratitude for the effort made in UNMIK's performance of its mandate, adding that he hoped the mission would continue to carry out its mandate in line with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244. Dacic met with Tanin as part of his regular visit to Belgrade, ahead of the upcoming U.N. Security Council session to debate UNMIK's activities, the release said.

VUCIC, TANIN DISCUSS POLITICAL, SECURITY SITUATION IN KOSOVO

BELGRADE, 9 August 2017 (Beta) - President Aleksаndаr Vucic and Zahir Tanin, special representative of the U.N. secretary general for Kosovo and UNMIK chief, on Aug. 9 discussed the current political and security situation in Kosovo and Metohija, ahead of the U.N. Security Council session, scheduled for Aug. 16, which will debate the quarterly report on UNMIK's activities. Vucic and Tanin agreed that the presence of the U.N. mission was very important for maintaining stability in Kosovo and Metohija, both through the consistent implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 and also through its engagement in the implementation of the agreements achieved under the Brussels-brokered Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, according to a statement from Vucic's office. They also pointed to the importance of conducting an internal dialogue on Kosovo and Metohija. Tanin underlined the importance of the continuation of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. They also discussed ways in which UNMIK, within its mandate, could contribute to resolving concrete issues so as to improve the daily life of Serbs, Albanians and other communities in Kosovo and Metohija. Vucic and Tаnin assessed cooperation between the Serbian state bodies and the U.N. mission as good, it said in the statement.

PM SENDS CONDOLENCES OVER EARTHQUAKE IN CHINA

BELGRADE, 9 August 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic sent a telegram of condolences to Chinese PM Li Keqiang, following the devastating earthquake that hit the Chinese province of Sichuan, the Serbian government announced on Aug. 9. "We were very shocked by the news that a large number of people were killed in the big earthquake in China. On behalf of the Serbian government and my own, I send my deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims, and to you and your government," reads the PM's telegram. She added that Serbia was at the disposal of the people of China. "Though it is very hard to comfort those who have lost their loved ones in this calamity, I am certain that you and your government will provide them with support and Serbia, as your great friend, is at the disposal of the people of China and yourself," Brnabic said. Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic sent her condolences to the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Zhang Dejiang on Aug. 9. A 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the Sichuan province, southwest China, killed at least 13 people and injured 175, according to the latest death toll released by the Chinese authorities on Aug. 9.

TABAKOVIC WITH SLOVAK COUNTERPART ON COOPERATION, SERBIA'S PATH TO EU

BELGRADE, 9 August 2017 (Beta) - Serbian National Bank governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic said in Belgrade, on Aug. 9 that economic cooperation with Slovakia and its support to Serbia were important to building and successfully managing Serbia's bid to join the European Union. "There is a readiness to deepen cooperation in all areas of mutual interest, especially the economy," said Tabakovic during a meeting with National Bank of Slovakia govenor Jozef Makuch. The officials exchanged experiences about the challenges faced by central banks at the global level, and accomplishing monetary and economic policy goals, the Serbian central bank said in a press release. Tabakovic said she was pleased she and her Slovak colleague would open the exhibition of a collection from the Museum of Coins and Medals in Krenica, Slovakia, at the National Bank of Serbia building at Slavija, on Aug. 10. According to her, the traditionally good and friendly relations between the two institutions rest upon mutual respect and support in many areas. She briefed her counterpart about the most important macroeconomic fluctuations in Serbia, which, she said, can be seen in low inflation, favorable fiscal tendencies and a stable and highly capitalized banking sector. Makuch conveyed the most importrant information about the economic situation in Slovakia and expressed support for Serbia's journey to join the EU.

MONTENEGRIN PRIME MINISTER: RELATIONS WITH SERBIA BEST IN LAST 20 YEARS

BELGRADE, 9 August 2017 (Beta) - Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic has said Belgrade-Podgorica relations are "the best they have been in the last 20 years" and that the two countries were an example of constructive cooperation being possible even after misunderstandings in the past. In an interview with Novi Magazin, Markovic said Montenegro and Serbia were "extremely important" for the stability and prosperity of the West Balkans. "My first bilateral visit as prime minister of Montenegro was in early February -- and to Serbia. That was no accident, because I wanted to show that way too, what importance we attach to building friendly and constructive relations with Serbia," said Markovic. He announced that a program of future cooperation between the two countries would be defined soon, primarily regarding stepping up economic relations. Commenting on the matter of dual, Serbian and Montenegrin citizenship, Markovic said it was "difficult to reach agreement" because the two states have "completely different concepts and approaches to regulating the issue." "Montenegro and Serbia began negotiations on dual citizenship in 2008, when there were four rounds of negotiations. Serbia has a considerably more liberal approach to regulating the issue of citizenship, while Montenegro, like most small countries, has opted for a more restrictive approach, and in view of these differences in concept, it is very difficult to reach agreement on the issue," said Markovic.

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