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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet to Discuss Situation in Western Balkans with Members of Serbian Government

09.08.2011

Today and tomorrow, 9-10 August, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will be on a visit in Serbia, where he will discuss recent developments in Serbia-Kosovo relations, Serbia’s integration with the European Union, and the state of Estonia-Serbia relations with the Serbian foreign minister and other government leaders.

Foreign Minister Paet has meetings scheduled with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Božidar Delic, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, and Minister of Economic Affairs Nebojsa Ciric.

Paet has said that he would like to discuss with his Serbian colleague the developments of the past few weeks in Serbia-Kosovo relations and opportunities to avoid further tension in the northern part of Kosovo. Serbia and Kosovo must focus on reducing tensions and restoring dialogue, he added.

During his meetings with Serbian leaders, Paet will also discuss the country’s integration with the European Union. “We would like to encourage Serbia to continue its work in growing closer to the European Union. We are prepared to support Serbia on its path towards the European Union by offering up our own reform and accession experiences,” he added.

Foreign Minister Paet said that very friendly, open, and trusting relations have formed between Estonia and Serbia. In economic relations, contacts in the information and communication technology and energy sectors are of growing interest, stated Foreign Minister Paet.

They will also discuss the situation in Northern Africa and in the Western Balkan region in general, in addition to co-operation in international organisations and energy security.

Today, 9 August, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Serbian Minister of Culture Predrag Markovic will open an exhibit of Estonian nature photos in Belgrade.


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