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SERBIA

DACIC, CHEPURIN DISCUSS VISITS BY PUTIN, ZAKHAROVA

BELGRADE, August 8 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic talked on Aug. 8 with Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin about the development of cooperation between the two countries and an upcoming visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Serbia. Dacic and Ambassador Chepurin also discussed a forthcoming visit by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the Serbian ministry said in a press release. The Serbian foreign minister expressed gratitude for Russia's strong and consistent support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia.

VUCIC: NO DECISION WILL BE MADE WITHOUT KOSOVO SERBS

BELGRADE, August 8 2018 (Beta) - President Aleksandar Vucic said on Aug. 8 that no decision would be made without the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, adding that he would address them in September. Via telephone, Vucic addressed the Serbs who were present at a meeting with Office for Kosovo and Metohija chief Marko Djuric at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Kosovska Mitrovica. "No decision will be made without you and in September, I will address all Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija and will talk to you all. I want us to together work, plan and live. Serbia is with you and will always be with you," Vucic said as cited by the TV Most portal. "We are far from any solution and that is why we will continue to struggle and I am asking you for your support, because you in Kosovo and Metohija know who fights for Kosovo and Metohija and who does not," Vucic said. Djuric said he was proud of the endurance and courage of the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija and thanked representatives of the Serb ticket and people "who have recognized and realized the importance of uniting around the policy being conducted by Belgrade and the state of Serbia."

IVANIC: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD SHOW SERBIA RESPECT OVER KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

BELGRADE, August 8 2018 (Beta) - Member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Mladen Ivanic said on Aug. 8 that he believed, where the solving of the status of Kosovo and Metohija was concerned, the international community must show respect for Serbia and its attempts at finding a lasting solution. "It is my honest opinion that the international community must make an effort and show respect for Serbia and for the attempts at finding a lasting solution. Serbia must come out of this as a country whose honor and dignity and the interest of the Serbian people have been preserved and, in that sense, international institutions particularly can play a crucial role in that," said Ivanic. He told reporters after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic that they had concluded that the key issues related to the Serbian people should be resolved next year, one of which was the status of Kosovo and Metohija, and that everyone should stand together behind the position of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija. According to a statement released from the president's office after the meeting, in the conversation with Ivanic, Vucic "underscored the need for strengthening political relations and economic cooperation between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the spirit of good neighborliness and the interests of both the citizens of Serbia and all three constitutive peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Serbs, Bosniaks and Croats, especially the Serbian people in Republika Srpska." The statement also reads that Vucic informed Ivanic about the state of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and highlighted the need for reaching a true compromise, which would guarantee lasting stability and economic progress.

VUCIC TO NETANYAHU: SERBIA OFFENDED BY ISRAEL'S INVOLVEMENT IN STORM CELEBRATION

BELGRADE, August 8 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Aug. 8 told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation that Serbia was offended by the participation of Israeli Air Force aircraft and pilots in the celebration of the Croatian military and police operation Storm in Knin, but added that it was ready to strengthen bilateral ties. Vucic told Netanyahu that Serbia was ready to work on strengthening cooperation with Israel, "in the spirit of the best and firmest friendship of the Serbian and Jewish peoples," it said in a statement issued by the Serbian president's office. "Serbia remains committed to the development of overall relations with Israel and I am pleased to point out that Belgrade recently gave a friendly welcome to President Rivlin, when a street [in Belgrade] was named after Theodor Herzl, the spiritual father of the state of Israel," Vucic told the Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu accepted Vucic's invitation to visit Serbia, for the sake of continued enhancement of the political dialogue, economic cooperation and cultural ties between Serbia and Israel, whereby the two leaders would, according to the statement, also strengthen their mutual understanding and trust. The interlocutors concurred that there were great possibilities for cooperation between the two countries in agriculture and IT, given Israel's considerable experience in those areas, it also said in the statement.

BRNABIC EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR: FRIENDLY RELATIONS GOOD BASIS FOR ADVANCING COOPERATION

BELGRADE, August 8 2018 (beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said at a meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to Belgrade Amr Aljowaily on Aug. 8 that the traditionally friendly relations between the two peoples were a good foundation for enhancing cooperation at all levels, primarily economic cooperation. Brnabic said that Serbia "greatly appreciates" Egypt's support at the international level and added that the two countries "share the same responsibility" for preserving the stability of their respective regions, the Serbian government said in a press release. According to the release, Aljowaily said that Serbia-Egypt relations were on the rise, with a more intensive high-level dialogue, but that economic cooperation was not on a par with the development of the two countries' political relations. The collocutors agreed that more tangible progress in the area could be expected after a session of the Mixed Committee for Economic Cooperation, which ought to be held as soon as possible, reads the press release. The ambassador said that his country was interested in strengthening cooperation in the domain of culture and recalled that the Days of Egypt in Serbia took place in Belgrade in July, to mark the 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

ECONOMY

MIHAJLOVIC: WE'RE ENHANCING COOPERATION WITH CHINA IN INFRASTRUCTURE, AGRICULTURE, TOURISM

BELGRADE, August 8 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic had talks on Aug. 8 with representatives of China's Fujian province about the possibilities for cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and modern technologies. Mihajlovic met with Liang Jianyong, a member of the standing committee of the Communist Party of China in Fujian province, who is heading a business delegation from the province. Liang Jianyong said that the meeting would open new possibilities of cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, industry, tourism, education and culture. Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang said that besides infrastructure projects, the Fujian business delegation was also interested in importing Serbian agricultural products, as well as in projects in the areas of tourism and industry. Ahead of the meeting, Mihajlovic said to reporters that the section from Obrenovac to Preljina on Corridor XI would be completed by the end of the year, while the Shandong-Azvirt consortium was now working on the Ub-Lajkovac section. The president of Serbia's National Council for Coordinating Cooperation with Russia and China, Tomislav Nikolic, also talked with the Fujian delegation and said that Serbia's economic and political relations with China were very good and voiced the expectation that economic cooperation would progress even more in the coming period.

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