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SERBIA

DACIC, INDIAN MINISTER: WE ARE READY TO INTENSIFY TRADITIONAL RELATIONS

The foreign ministers of India and Serbia, Sushma Swaraj and Ivica Dacic, on May 3 expressed readiness to intensify the two countries' multidecadal friendly relations. Swaraj and Dacic said that there was room for advancing cooperation in the automobile, tractor, agricultural and food and IT industries, health care and the pharmaceutical industry, scientific and cultural cooperation, film, tourism and sports, said the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The two foreign ministers said they were happy with the multidecadal traditionally friendly relations and understanding between the two countries, especially in the year marking a jubilee - 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The interlocutors expressed their mutual readiness to intensify top-level bilateral political dialogue, as well as to improve cooperation in all areas of mutual interest, especially in the area of economy. Swaraj accepted Dacic's invitation to visit Serbia, adds the statement.

DACIC: SERBIA WILL ASK ALL U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO KEEP SESSIONS ON KOSOVO OPEN

BELGRADE, 3. May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has told "Sputnik" that Serbia will ask all members of the U.N. Security Council to respect Resolution 1244 and keep sessions devoted to Kosovo open. According to the Russian website, Dacic said this following an announcement by Great Britain that it would launch an initiative to either close the U.N. Security Council sessions on Kosovo to the public or stop holding them altogether. London's goal, allegedly, is to "move" the subject of Kosovo into the section of procedural issues, because in that format Russia and China would not be able to use their right to veto. "We will not observe that initiative idly, if it is launched. Serbia has partners in the U.N. Security Council where the approach to Kosovo and Metohija is concerned and that topic must in no way be marginalized or abolished", said Dacic. "Sputnik" says that Serbia is primarily counting on the support of Security Council permanent members Russia and China to prevent the annulment of public sessions on Kosovo, but that the government in Belgrade expects all members to understand the importance of the subject.

MANAGING TEAM FOR COMMUNITY OF SERB MUNICIPALITIES MEETS WITH THE HEAD OF OSCE MISSION IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, 3. May 2018 (Beta) - Members of a managing team for establishing a Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo met on May 3 in Kosovska Mitrovica with the head of the OSCE Mission in KiM, Jan Braathu, to discuss the team's work so far. Managing team coordinator Vinka Radosavljevic said during the meeting that the body had established cooperation with a group of lawyers delegated by municipalities in the north of Kosovo and Metohija and the University of Pristina Faculty of Law, based in Kosovska Mitrovica. She said that the managing team welcomed any form of help, adding that in this phase all the needs for expert help had been met as part of cooperation with already involved legal experts and the Kosovo Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government.

ECONOMY

BRNABIC AT JBF: REGIONAL COOPERATION PREREQUISITE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

BELGRADE, 3. May 2018 (Beta) - Regional cooperation and preservation of peace and stability are the prerequisites for attracting new domestic and foreign investments and further economic development, and the foundation of progress of the entire region, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said at the opening of the Jahorina Business Forum on May 3. It is our obligation, as responsible leaders, to work together on creating a better life, security and prosperity for all our citizens. That is precisely why the region's European prospects are particularly important, Brnabic underscored, as reported by her office. The Serbian prime minister pointed out that EU membership itself was not the goal, but rather the key reforms carried out in the European integration process which would lead to transformation into modern and well-organized societies. She also said that the region was facing similar challenges in the reform and European integration process, which was precisely why political will, understanding and strengthening cooperation were key to further progress. "Serbia is committed to strengthening and improving economic cooperation in the Western Balkans, because a strong economy is the key to a strong and successful region," said Brnabic. In her opinion, economic cooperation between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina is good, as attested by the recently held International Economic Fair in Mostar, which was opened by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Last year, she added, broke records in trade between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which reached EUR1.7 billion. "The economic progress of a country depends on the determination and capability of a government to carry out essential reforms, and the Serbian government has demonstrated both determination and responsibility toward the citizens," stressed the Serbian prime minister and added that GDP growth in the first quarter of this year was 4.5 percent, which was significantly above the projected growth of 3.9 percent and a result of the reforms initiated by the previous cabinet and continued by the incumbent government. She added that this was excellent news for Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina, too, because the strengthening of the Serbian economy may lead to a higher level of investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina and further strengthening of economic cooperation.

ZORANA MIHAJLOVIC, TURKISH AMBASSADOR ON COOPERATION IN AREA OF TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE

BELGRADE, 3. May 2018 (Beta) - Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic and Turkish Ambassador to Serbia Tanju Bilgic met on May 3 to discuss cooperation between the two companies in the area of transportation and infrastructure. At a meeting ahead of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's scheduled visit to Turkey, Zorana Mihajlovic said that Serbia and Turkey had exceptional and stable ties as frequent meetings between the countries' officials proved. "The Serbian president's upcoming visit, in whose delegation I will be, is extraordinarily important to us because, among other things, we will discuss important projects such as the construction of a highway linking Belgrade and Sarajevo," she was quoted as saying by her office. Minister Zorana Mihajlovic further said she was satisfied with plans to sign two memorandums of understanding, one between the Ministry of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure of Serbia and the Turkish Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications and the other with the Turkish "Tasyapi" company for the further improvement of road infrastructure in Serbia. "Our intention is to further develop cooperation through programs and projects in the area of road, railway, water and air transportation, but also through an exchange of experiences by experts of the two countries in the area of transportation," she said. The interlocutors agreed that it was necessary to intensify cooperation between the two national air carriers - "Air Serbia" and "Turkish Airlines" to the mutual benefit of both sides, with a special look at an agreement on "code sharing."

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