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SERBIA

DACIC IN NEW YORK WITH PLENKOVIC, MORALES, MINISTERS OF BELARUS, TRINIDAD, LEBANON

BELGRADE, 20 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, who is participating in the 72nd session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, met on the sidelines of the gathering with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, President of Bolivia Evo Morales and the foreign ministers of Belarus, Trinidad and Tobago, and Lebanon, the Foreign Ministry stated on Sept. 20. During their brief meeting, he and Plenkovic discussed relations between Serbia and Croatia and the situation in the region, while Dacic and Morales concurred that relations between Serbia and Bolivia were good, with room for deepening and improving cooperation, the statement reads. With the foreign minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, Dacic discussed the improvement of relations, especially on the economic plane. Makei said that, bearing in mind the traditionally friendly relations, Serbia could count on Belarus in issues that are particularly important for it. Dacic thanked the foreign minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dennis Moses, for his country's principled support on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija and informed him about the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. Dacic said Trinidad and Tobago could count on Serbia's support and recollected the program of grants for foreign students in Serbia, while Moses reiterated that his country's position regarding Kosovo would not change. At the meeting with the foreign minister of Lebanon, Gebran Bassil, they concurred that relations between Serbia and Lebanon were traditionally good and friendly, that they should be nurtured and improved, especially in the field of the economy, the statement reads.

DACIC: SERBIA AGAINST INTERFERENCE IN SOVEREIGN STATES' INTERNAL AFFAIRS

BELGRADE, 20 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sept. 20, at the ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in New York that Serbia, on principle, opposed unilateral coercive measures and interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states. "We are strongly against, and urge refraining from threats and solving all disputes peacefully, in accordance with international law and with full respect for the principles of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states," said Dacic. Dacic said Serbia had "felt the fatal effects of unilateral coercive measures" and could testify about their tragic consequences. Dacic said the decision to use armed force against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia had been made and executed without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, which was a violation of Serbia's sovereign rights, but it also undermined the authority of the Security Council. He said "the position of an alleged 'humanitarian intervention' in Kosovo and Metohija was not the position of the Security Council or any other credible body." Dacic thanked many Movement members, who, he said, "had steadfastly upheld the principles of the rule of law at the international level, by not recognizing the unilaterally declared independence of 'Kosovo,' which represented a violation of the fundamental principles of the U.N. Charter, the Helsinki Final Act (OSCE) and the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)." The Serbian foreign minister said at the Non-Aligned conference on the sidelines of the U.N. general debate in New York, that Serbia was committed to cooperation with members of the movement and supported the efforts to take steps, in line with the U.N. Charter, toward promoting the role of the Non-Aligned as the representatives of the developing countries and a platform to advance their interests.

DACIC SENDS CONDOLENCES TO MEXICO AFTER QUAKE

BELGRADE, 20 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has sent a telegram of condolences to his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray Caso, for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit central and southern Mexico on Sept. 19, the Serbian Ministry said in a press release. Dacic expressed his condolences to Caso and the families of the victims, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. "The citizens of the Republic of Serbia share the pain of the families of the casualties and those threatened in your country, aware of the need to join forces to overcome the consequences of the unpredictable and ruthless force of nature," Dacic's telegram reads.

VUCIC: TRUMP HAS ACCEPTED INVITATION TO VISIT SERBIA

BELGRADE, 20 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sept. 20 that U.S. President Donald Trump had accepted his invitation to visit Serbia. Vucic told Serbian media that he "shook hands with Trump four times" when the U.S. president accepted Vucic's invitation to Serbia at a reception for country leaders attending the U.N. General Assembly that Trump hosted in New York on Sept. 19. "We spoke very briefly about politics, and when I invited him, I spoke about the attitude of Serbs and all other Serbian citizens toward him and toward U.S. policy, how people in Serbia would greet him, how I once thought there was a different attitude to Americans in Serbia, but that his emergence showed how much Serbs wanted that friendship," Vucic said. He said that, unlike others, he had a little more time to tell Trump certain things about Serbia, guessing that the reason was that he came from the same region as Trump's wife Melania. The Serbian president added that he and Melania Trump had exchanged "a few pleasantries in a mix of Serbian and Slovenian."

VUCIC: MACRON PLANS TO VISIT SERBIA IN 2018

BELGRADE, 20 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sept. 20, that French President Emmanuel Macron had told him in New York that he planned to visit Serbia in the first quarter of 2018. "That's close. We haven't had a French president in a long time... Macron turned around at the end of the conversation and said: 'Aleksandar, you have France's full support on the European road.' That is a big and important symbol," Vucic told the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation. Vucic said Macron was a "big star" and that he was someone who will "carry Europe's future" together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "When you have a country that isn't big and that doesn't decide the major issues, it's very important to receive that kind of attention," Vucic said.

VULIN AND U.S. AMBASSADOR DISCUSS MILITARY COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 20 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin met with U.S. Ambassador Kyle Scott and discussed military cooperation between the two countries. Vulin pointed out the significance of military cooperation which Serbia, as a neutral country, nurtures with foreign partners, in which relations with the U.S. occupy one of the most important places, stated the Defense Ministry. The minister praised the quality and quantity of military relations between the U.S. and Serbia, stressing fields like cyber security, joint military drills, cooperation in the medical corps, education and specialization. They acknowledged the highly developed cooperation in defense, which is defined and directed according to mutual interests. Scott said that cooperation had continuously consisted of a large number of activities for years now, which contributes to the development of both sides' capacities. He stated that military relations and Serbian and American military traditions did not only influence the two countries' armed forces, but also contributed to bringing the two peoples closer.

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