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SERBIA - HUNGARY

VUCIC: HUNGARY HAS A SPECIAL PLACE AMONG SERBIA'S FRIENDS

BELGRADE, 11 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sept. 11 that Serbia had many friends, but that Hungary had a special place among them. During his visit to Senta, where together with the Hungarian president, Janos Ader, he attended a ceremony to celebrate the 320th anniversary of a battle between the Ottoman army and the Habsburg imperial forces near the city, President Vucic said that the Serbian-Hungarian relationship was at an all time high. Vucic said that much more than the Danube River and 151 kilometers of the shared border linked Serbia and Hungary, adding that there are between 250,000 and 300,000 Hungarians living in Serbia, largely in Vojvodina. "These ties go back a long way. The Serbs have lived in today's Hungary since medieval times, while Matica Srpska, Serbia's oldest cultural establishment, was set up in Pest, in 1826," Vucic explained.

ADER: HUNGARIAN-SERBIAN RELATIONS AT ALL TIME HIGH

BELGRADE, 11 September 2017 (Beta) - Hungarian President Janosh Ader said at a Sept. 11 meeting with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, that bilateral relations were at an all time high, and that he supported Serbia on its path to the European Union (EU). Vucic and Ader met in Senta, marking the 320th anniversary of the Battle of Zenta in a wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the Zenta heroes. Ader said at the meeting that the political dialogue and personal relations between Serbian and Hungarian leaders were improving constantly, giving credit to Vucic. Vucic said that "the stability of Serbia and Hungary, and their successful bilateral relations were the priorities for both," adding that bilateral trade had reached EUR818.7 million from January to July, 2017.

SERBIA

SERBIA APPOINTS ANOTHER HONORARY CONSUL TO SLOVAKIA

BELGRADE, 11 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbia is opening a new diplomatic representative office in Slovakia, appointing a new honorary consul to run it, the Official Gazette reported. The Serbian government explained in an Aug. 31 decision, that the new consular office in Slovakia's city of Martin will be in charge of the Zilinsky, Trencinsky and Banskobystricky regions. The decision, signed by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, went into force on Sept. 8, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be in charge of its implementation. Serbia already has a honorary consul in Kosice, Slovakia. The foreign ministry has listed Serbia's 57 honorary consuls in different states.

DESPITE BREXIT, LONDON BACKS SERBIA'S EU PATH

BELGRADE, 11 September 2017 (Beta) - Despite Brexit, Great Britain backs Serbia on its EU path, which London will demonstrate at the Western Balkans and the EU Sumit in London next year, British Foreign Office Permanent Under-Secretary Simon McDonald said in a meeting with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic in Belgrade on Sept. 11. Brnabic said that EU membership was Serbia's top foreign policy priority, adding that Belgrade expected to open three more chapters in the accession talks with the EU by the end of 2017, according to a statement from the Serbian government. McDonald agreed with Brnabic that a dialogue in Serbia on Kosovo and Metohija was very important and that it should engage as many stakeholders as possible.

STEFANOVIC, JIANZHU DISCUSS BILATERAL COOPERATION IN SECURITY SECTOR

BELGRADE, 11 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbia and China will strengthen bilateral ties in the security sector, especially in the struggle against crime and terrorism, this was said after a Sept. 11 meeting between Serbian Minister of Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic and the Chinese presidential envoy, Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission Meng Jianzhu. "The Ministry of the Interior and the security agencies will offer maximum protection to Chinese businesspeople and tourists, whose numbers are growing, as well as to anyone else willing to invest in our country," Stefanovic said after the meeting at the Palace of Serbia. Minister Stefanovic said that with the Chinese representative he had discussed the use of advanced technologies in the struggle against terrorism and crime, recalling that the interior ministry had started cooperation with China's Huawei on a security camera system, designed to prevent crimes. The minister used the opportunity to thank China for having refused to recognize the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo. The Chinese guest said that his country was committed to deepening a comprehensive strategic partnership with Serbia, particularly in the security sector and in combating terrorism and crime.

FABRIZI: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFORM CRUCIAL FOR SERBIA, ACCESSION TALKS

BELGRADE, 11 September 2017 (Beta) - In a meeting with Public Administration and Local Governments Minister Branko Ruzic on Sept. 11, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi said that a public administration reform was crucial for Serbia and its EU accession talks. Fabrizi said he expected that the reform would continue to be carried out by the agenda of the labor and finance ministries. Ruzic thanked Fabrizi on the EU's support to Serbia through numerous projects for the reform and optimization of the public administration and strengthening capacities of local governments. In a meeting with Head of the Office for Human and Minority Rights Suzana Paunovic on Sept. 11, Ruzic said his ministry was developing draft laws on the protection of rights and freedoms of national minorities and on national councils of national minorities. The two documents should be before the parliament by the end of the year, Ruzic said.

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