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SERBIA

VUCIC MEETS WITH SOUTH KOREAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER

BELGRADE, 4 December 2017 (Beta) - The deputy foreign minister of South Korea, Cho Hyun, stated during a meeting with President Aleksandar Vucic that his country was interested in a concession for the Belgrade Airport and in establishing a direct air link between Seoul and Belgrade, the office of the Serbian president stated on Dec. 4. Cho Hyun handed Vucic a letter from Korean President Moon Jae-in, which reads that, under the excellent leadership of President Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia had made great progress in economic development and this is why Korean companies are showing great interest in doing business in Serbia and in creating partnerships with Serbian companies. Since establishing diplomatic ties in 1989, our two countries have constantly strengthened their political, economic and cultural relations. I hope we can continue to expand the mutually beneficial cooperation in the forthcoming years, reads the letter of the president of South Korea. Vucic thanked the Korean companies which invested in Serbia, not just for creating new jobs, but also for transferring work ethics to Serbian workers, adding that South Korea represented a model for economic reforms in Serbia. The Serbian president also expressed gratitude for Korean donations, which added up to almost six million dollars, and especially for its selfless support in the migrant crisis. Vucic and Cho said they hoped the situation on the Korean Peninsula would be stabilized by peaceful means and through dialogue.

VUCIC MEETS WITH AUSTRIA'S OUTGOING AMBASSADOR

BELGRADE, 4 December 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met on Dec. 4 with Austria's outgoing ambassador Johannes Eigner. Vucic thanked the ambassador for good cooperation, noting that during his term in office the highest-ranking officials had exchanged visits, and several joint economic and infrastructure projects had been launched, the office of the Serbian president reported. The ambassador underlined that his country strongly supported Serbia's EU accession and the policy of regional stability.

AGREEMENT SIGNED ON MILITARY COOPERATION BETWEEN ROMANIA AND SERBIA

BELGRADE, 4 December 2017 (Beta) - The defense ministers of Romania and Serbia, Mihai-Viorel Fifor and Aleksandar Vulin, met in Belgrade on Dec. 4 and discussed cooperation in defense, the migrant crisis and other topics, while the chiefs of general staff of the two militaries, Ljubisa Dikovic and Nicolae Ionel Ciuca, signed an agreement on cooperation. The Romanian defense minister stated that Serbia was "one of our best friends and we are maintaining and strengthening the high level of bilateral relations in defense, which is important in the current complex security challenges." Vulin said that Serbia and Romania were friendly countries and thanked the Romanian government for not recognizing Kosovo's independence and for supporting Serbia's European integration and its military neutrality, it was said in a statement.

STOLTENBERG: MILITARY NEUTRALITY, NO OBSTACLE TO COOPERATION WITH SERBIA

BRUSSELS, 4 December 2017 (Beta) - The general secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, stated in Brussels on Dec. 4 that NATO respected Serbia's determination to remain militarily neutral and that this was not an obstacle to cooperation. Serbia's membership in NATO is not on the agenda. The reason is that Serbia had made it clear that this is not its goal and that it does not wish to become a NATO member, and NATO fully respects that decision. Serbia has decided to remain neutral and it aspires to becoming an EU member. We respect that and welcome the progress in Serbia's efforts to join the EU, Stoltenberg said in his reply to a question about whether Serbia's membership in NATO was being discussed. However, Stoltenberg added that it was absolutely possible for NATO to have a good, friendly working partnership with countries which do not want to become its members, recollecting that the Alliance had excellent cooperation with Finland, Sweden and Austria. Asked about the Russian humanitarian center in Nis, Stoltenberg replied that it was up to Serbia to make that decision, reiterating that Serbia was a sovereign country and that NATO respected its decisions.

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