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DAILY SURVEY 05.03.2018.
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SERBIA

DACIC APPEALS TO THE COMOROS' OFFICIALS TO RECONSIDER DECISION TO RECOGNIZE INDEPENDENT KOSOVO

BELGRADE, 2 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has visited the Comoro Islands, where he pleaded with the country's leaders to reconsider a decision to recognize the independence of Kosovo. Minister Dacic said that the decision made in 2009 was contrary to the principles the Comoros had been fighting for when their own territorial integrity was concerned, adding that the friendly relationship with the island nation dated back to the days of former Yugoslavia and President Josip Broz Tito, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in a press release on March 2. The Serbian foreign minister said the Comoros could rely on Serbia's friendship, underlining that his country supported their territorial integrity. Dacic said that the two countries shared similar problems in terms of territorial integrity, caused by unilateral separatism and and the secession of a part of their territory, "supported by some Western states, which used dual standards where your region is concerned," the minister was quoted as saying. "As we share similar problems, we should support each other. In this context, we would ask the government, the president and the office of the minister to withdraw the recognition [of Kosovo]. It goes without saying that we support dialog, but without unilateral acts," the Serbian foreign minister said. The foreign ministry also quoted Dacic as saying that agreements on friendship, cooperation in economy, culture and education were discussed, along with a mutual decision to lift visa requirements for the citizens of Serbia and the Comoros. Dacic underlined that he expected his counterpart to visit Serbia, and also a meeting of the two presidents.

DACIC, EGYPT'S NEW AMBASSADOR DISCUSS CLOSER BILATERAL TIES

BELGRADE, 4 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met in Belgrade, on March 4, with Egypt's new ambassador to Serbia, Amr Aljowaily, whose term in Serbia began on Feb. 16. The minister and the ambassador agreed that it was in the best interest of both states to develop more aspects of their bilateral relationship, the foreign ministry released. The 110th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgrade and Cairo will be celebrated this year, while the two officials supported the idea of involving the Archive of Serbia, the Archive of Yugoslavia and other cultural institutions and film associations in Serbia and Egypt in publishing a monograph about the anniversary and making a documentary on the history of their relations. The two officials also agreed there was great potential for the development of economic cooperation and trade, as well as bilateral and multilateral political ties. Minister Dacic said that Serbia supported Egypt in its effort to eliminate any presence of terrorism in Sinai this year. The Egyptian ambassador said he would like to see Serbia involved in the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), and since Egypt would chair the African Union in 2019, he also opened the possibility of cooperation with the African Association of Peace Centers. The Serbian foreign minister said he hoped his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Sukri, would visit Serbia soon, and that a mixed committee on economic cooperation would meet as well.

DACIC, RANA: SERBIA, INDIA SHARE TRADITIONAL FRIENDSHIP

BELGRADE, 2 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met on March 2 with India's former ambassador Kishan Rana, recalling that the two states shared a traditional friendship. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted them as saying that the Serbian-Indian relationship were rooted in the Non-Aligned Movement, and that the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations would be celebrated in 2018. Rana, a professor emeritus at the DiploFoundation, had previously given a lecture at the Ministry's Diplomatic Academy, where he shared with the ministry's staff experiences from a long-lasting diplomatic career and the latest trends in modern diplomatic practice, the Ministry released.

VUCIC CONGRATULATES BULGARIA'S PRESIDENT, PM ON 140TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIBERATION FROM OTTOMAN RULE

BELGRADE, 3 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic congratulated on March 3 his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen Radev, on the 140th anniversary of liberation from Ottoman rule, which is celebrated as a national holiday, the Office of the Serbian President said in a press release. In his letter to Radev, Vucic wished the neighboring state success and wellbeing, and said that he was confident that all aspects of bilateral cooperation would develop successfully. The Serbian president also spoke on the phone with Bulgarian Prime Minister Bojko Borisov, whom he also wished a happy holiday. President Vucic shared his belief that the two neighbors would develop the closest possible brotherly ties. "There are many historic ties between us, but above all a joint future lies ahead of Serbia and Bulgaria," the Serbian president said. Vucic and Borisov discussed joint infrastructure and energy projects, which ought to contribute to the development of cooperation as well.

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