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5 Jul 2013

Belarus’ Foreign Minister meets with Serbia’s President

MINSK, 5 July (BelTA) – Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with President Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia in Belgrade on 4 July, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

The sides discussed the implementation status of the agreements reached during the visit of the Serbian head of state to Belarus in March 2013. Tomislav Nikolic pointed out a friendly character of the Belarusian-Serbian relations and confirmed the readiness to develop them for the benefit of the two peoples. The Serbian President guaranteed his political support for the joint projects in that will be implemented in Serbia and Belarus.

Vladimir Makei also met with Serbia’s Prime Minister – Minister of the Interior Ivica Dacic to discuss bilateral trade and take stock of joint economic projects implemented in Serbia. The Belarusian Minister suggested refocusing from simple trade operations to cooperative ties. The grounds for such cooperation have already been laid down following the creation of assembly facilities of Belarusian tractors and buses in Serbia. This proposal was supported by the head of the Serbian Government. 

The sides reaffirmed the interest in the establishment of joint holding companies. Products made by these companies can be sold to third countries, too. Ivica Dacic accepted the invitation from Belarus’ Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich to visit Minsk and suggested arranging the visit in October 2013. The two Prime Ministers are set to approve a roadmap which outlines the implementation of joint projects.

The sides also welcomed the plans to organize direct flights between Minsk and Belgrade starting from September 2013, which will boost tourism and contacts between business communities and the general public of Belarus and Serbia.  

Vladimir Makei also met with Minister of Serbian Foreign Affairs Ivan Mrkic. It was noted that this is the first visit of the Belarusian Foreign Minister to Belgrade in 19 years. The officials discussed the issues related to the coordination of actions on the international arena and the ways of intensifying all-round cooperation. Vladimir Makei and Ivan Mrkic pointed out the positive experience of cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries accumulated since the establishment of diplomatic relations. They agreed to support each other’s initiatives and the candidacies in international organizations. 

In the afternoon Vladimir Makei met with President of the National Assembly of Serbia Nebojsa Stefanovic and several MPs, members of the Belarus-Serbia cooperation group of the Serbian National Assembly. The sides discussed the ways of bolstering inter-parliamentary ties. The officials voiced their approval of the activities of the parliamentary groups of friendship between the two countries. The agreement was reached to support each other’s initiatives within the framework of international parliamentary organizations. The Serbian MPs accepted the invitation to visit Belarus in 2013.

Following the meetings the sides made official statements to the Serbian media.

The Serbian side expressed its appreciation to Belarus for its principled and consistent support for the territorial integrity of Serbia in the context of the problem of Kosovo and Metohija. The meetings with the Serbian officials were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere and received considerable attention from the central and regional media, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said.

On the first day of the visit the Belarusian delegation also held three rounds of meetings with representatives of the Serbian business community to discuss specific bilateral economic projects. A ceremony to present patents and exequaturs to the Honorary Consuls of Belarus to Serbia was held in the Belarusian embassy in the evening.

On the second day of the visit Vladimir Makei is scheduled to have talks with First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Defense of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. A new honorary consulate will be inaugurated in Novi Sad. The Belarusian Foreign Minister is also expected to visit the assembly facility of Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark) and meet with representatives of the Serbian business community.

Vladimir Makei is in Serbia on an official visit on 4-5 July at an invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivan Mrkic.

 

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