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BELGRADE, 28 February 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Feb. 28 that "Belgrade was fully committed to the dialogue with Pristina under EU auspices" and that he expected "Pristina to honor and meet the obligations it assumes." Addressing the participants in the Second Conference of Honorary Consuls of Serbia at the Foreign Ministry, Dacic said Serbia wanted good relations with all neighboring states and was improving them both bilaterally and within regional cooperation, especially when it comes to the economy and infrastructure projects. On the topic of foreign policy priorities, Dacic said Serbian diplomacy was "active in protecting national interests, continuing EU membership negotiations, achieving good cooperation with key international partners and our traditional friends across the world, the development of good neighborly relations, the building of a modern, stable Serbia, preserving international peace and following international law." He said that, "as part of striving to preserve national interests in Kosovo and Metohija," Serbia had continued to invest "comprehensive efforts in different multilateral forums to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty using every diplomatic means available" and to "thwart attempts to make Kosovo a member in various international organizations." In this area, he added, "positive results have been achieved in Interpol, the World Customs Organization and UNESCO." Dacic listed the creation of a favorable environment for business and investment as another key priority for the Serbian cabinet, as a condition for boosting economic growth and development. According to Dacic, Serbia has 75 honorary consuls: 24 in Europe, 27 in North and Latin America, 11 in Africa and 11 in Asia, one in Australia and one in New Zealand, while the procedure for naming new ones is expected to be completed soon. The first conference of honorary consuls, held in June 2015, was opened by the then PM and now President Aleksandar Vucic, and Minister Dacic.


BELGRADE, 28 February 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin discussed the further development of bilateral military cooperation with Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin on Feb. 28. Noting that equipping the Army of Serbia with contemporary weapons was strategically important, Vulin expressed gratitude to Russia during the talk, and to its Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu for approving free training for Army of Serbia pilots to fly MiG-29s. "We are also grateful to Russia for assistance in military technology, especially the donation of six MiG-29s, but also in donations to the Land Forces -- armored vehicles and T-72 tanks, whose delivery we expect imminently and which will contribute to boosting the defense capacities of the [Army of Serbia]," the Defense Ministry quoted Vulin as saying.


BELGRADE, 28 February 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian minister for construction, transportation and infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic, had talks on Feb. 28 with the ambassador of China, Lee Manchang, about cooperation between the two countries in the realization of joint infrastructure projects. "At the summit of China and 16 countries of central and eastern Europe, in November in Budapest, we signed a commercial contract for the segment of Corridor 11 from Preljina to Pozega, and we are hoping for the prompt signing of the contract for the financing of that segment," Mihajlovic said, adding that they agreed for Chinese and Serbian engineers to start making the designs as soon as possible. Mihajlovic said the road Corridor 11 was a very important project for Serbia and that works on the Surcin-Obrenovac segment were progressing well, the ministry has stated. Lee said China and Serbia had the biggest number of joint infrastructure projects, the statement reads. The meeting was also attended by Zhang Xiaoyuan, the director of the Chinese company CRBC for Serbia, which is one of the Chinese contractors performing works on the motorway on Corridor 11.


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