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18 Apr 2017

Serbia described as Belarus’ strategic partner in Balkans

BELGRADE, 18 April (BelTA) – Serbia is a strategic partner of Belarus in the Balkans, BelTA learned from Honorary Consul of Belarus in Belgrade, member of the Serbian parliament Dragomir Karic during events dedicated to further advancement of Belarusian-Serbian trade and economic cooperation.

Dragomir Karic noted the importance of the historically friendly relations between Belarus and Serbia. He pointed out that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited Yugoslavia back in 1998 and 1999 in the difficult period in the country’s history. The Serbian nation appreciates it greatly. Apart from that, the Belarusian head of state visited Serbia in 2009 and 2016. In turn, the Serbian president visited Belarus in 2013 and 2015.

The honorary consul of Belarus in Belgrade also described results of the visit of Aleksandar Vucic to Minsk in January 2017 as important. Aleksandar Vucic was the prime minister in the Serbian government at that time. He met with Alexander Lukashenko as well as top government and parliament officials. The agreements reached in Minsk and the documents that were signed back then represent the foundation for a new level in Belarusian-Serbian cooperation.

Dragomir Karic said he believes there is a huge potential for cooperation between Belarus and Serbia in all spheres. In his words, the embassy of Belarus in Serbia, the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry contribute a lot to the advancement of the bilateral ties. At the same time the honorary consul said he believes a lot of work has yet to be done to advance Belarusian-Serbian economic contacts. “What’s important is that we have mutual understanding and a desire to move forward. Belarusians are honest people and partners. It is very important,” he said.

Dragoljub Karic is the head of the parliament’s group for Serbian-Belarusian friendship. He is also a representative of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Serbia.

The honorary consul of Belarus in Belgrade took part in the ninth session of the business council for cooperation between the Belarusian and Serbian chambers of commerce and industry, which was scheduled to take place in Belgrade on 18 April. Taking part in the event were also Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Ulakhovich, Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Minister Vladimir Koltovich, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Serbia Vladimir Chushev. The Serbian delegation included President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marko Cadez and Economy Minister Goran Knezevic. A large number of representatives of the Belarusian and Serbian business circles also took part in the event.

The tenth session of the Belarusian-Serbian intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation is scheduled to take place in Belgrade on 19 April. Apart from that, consultations between the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are taking place these days, too.

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