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SERBIA

DACIC, ABDULAH DISCUSS CLOSER TIES BETWEEN SERBIA, UAE

BELGRADE, 4 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met on the second day of the Sin Bani Yas Forum in Abu Dhabi, on Nov. 4, with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to discuss the development of cooperation between the two states. The two foreign ministers agreed to continue preparations for signing several bilateral agreements, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release. The UAE foreign minister said he was pleased with a Serbian government decision to lift visa requirements for citizens of his country, adding that his government would soon reach a reciprocal decision. A Memorandum of Understanding to set up a mixed committee on consular issues was signed at the end of the meeting, and Minister Dacic invited his UAE counterpart to visit Serbia next year, the ministry added in the release.

SERBIAN, MOROCCAN PRIME MINISTER DESCRIBE RELATIONS AS EXCELLENT

BELGRADE, 5 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met in Rabat, on Nov. 5, with her Moroccan counterpart, Saadeddine Othmani, with whom she agreed that bilateral political relations were excellent, but that there was room for improvement in the areas of the economy and trade. They also described bilateral relations as excellent, as being free from open issues, and that cooperation needed additional boosts in the IT and communications sector, tourism, agriculture, construction, electricity, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, the Serbian government said. Brnabic, who is attending the World Policy Conference in Morocco, said that Serbia appreciated Morocco's stance on the independence of Kosovo. The two prime ministers feel that cooperation in regional and international organizations is key to stability, security and peaceful solutions to disputes, the major prerequisites for growth. The conference in Marrakesh ended on Nov. 5. The Serbian prime minister was the guest of honor at a Nov. 4 formal dinner, organized by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita to support the conference.

BRNABIC, RAMA: WESTERN BALKANS NEED TO COMMIT TO GOOD RELATIONS

BELGRADE, 3 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian and Albanian prime ministers Ana Brnabic and Edi Rama agreed at a Nov. 3 conference in Morocco that the Western Balkans, despite the challenges, had to commit to developing friendly relations and to economic growth, adding that a stable region was a prerequisite for a stable European Union (EU). The unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo, which Serbia refuses to recognize, remains a bone of contention between Serbia and Albania, the Serbian cabinet said in a press release, yet the two prime ministers agreed that a consensus and cooperation were possible in a number of other areas. At the first plenary of the World Policy Conference (WPC) in Marrakesh, which ended on Nov. 5, Brnbic and Rama, together with the WPC chairman, Thierry de Montbrial, discussed the challenges lying ahead of the Western Balkans and Southeastern Europe, and their joint future in the EU. "Despite their political, economic and social challenges, the Western Balkans need to commit to good relations, stability and progress," the Serbian and Albanian heads of government were quoted as saying in the government release. The road of cooperation and reconciliation that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama opened after more than six decades was described by the panelists as an example of a credible policy and positive change. The 10th World Policy Conference was attended by more than 120 senior officials from all continents.

PUTIN DECORATES NIKOLIC

BELGRADE, 4 November 2017 (Beta) - Russian President Vladimir Putin presented on Nov. 4 Tomislav Nikolic, head of the National Council of Serbia for Coordinating Cooperation with Russia and China, with the Order of Friendship for his personal contribution to nurturing the strategic friendship and ties between Russia and Serbia. The Putin signed the decree on awarding the medal on May 20, while Nikolic was still president of Serbia. Nikolic received the medal in Moscow, at a ceremony on National Unity Day, Sputnik reported. The former president of Serbia voiced pleasure that Putin "recognized the efforts that I have invested in advancing Serbian-Russian relations" and that "anyone who gives out decorations thinks about whom it is that he is giving the award to, as the person receiving one considers from whom it is that he is getting one." "I am getting this medal on behalf of Serbian citizens from the Russian Federation, a state that historically represents the closest friend and ally to Serbia and the Serb people," Nikolic said. The former president said he had decorated Putin with the highest Serbian medal -- the Order of the Republic of Serbia on greater necklace, in 2014.

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