Regular monthly press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic announced, at today’s press conference, that he would be visiting Suzdal, Russian Federation, from 2-3 November 2016, to attend the 15th Meeting of the Serbia – Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade, Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation, as Co-Chair of the Serbian part of the Joint Committee.

Referring to the scheduled activities, the Serbian Foreign Minister announced his participation, as a member of the delegation headed by Prime Minister Vucic, at the Fifth Summit of Heads of Governments of the China – CEEC Mechanism, to take place in Riga, Latvia, from 5-6 November. Minister Dacic expressed hope that the Agreement on Mutual Abolition of Visas for Holders of Ordinary Passports would be signed between the Republic of Serbia and the People’s Republic of China.

This month, Serbia will play host to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala, Carlos Raul Morales Moscoso, who will be on a visit to Serbia on 10 November 2016.

The Third Joint Session of the Governments of the Republic of Serbia and Hungary will be held in Nis, on 20-21 November.

Minister Dacic further announced his official visit to Canada, to be followed by a visit to New York, on 16 November, to participate in the regular UNSC meeting where UNMIK Quarterly Report (for the period 16 July – 15 October 2016) will be reviewed.

The Foreign Minister’s visits scheduled for the upcoming period include his participation in the Summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) in Madagascar, 23-27 November 2016. This year, the Republic of Serbia will observe the 10th anniversary of its cooperation with the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).

In the forthcoming period, Serbia will continue to uphold the same priorities including its European integration process and publicizing of the EC Annual Progress Report on Serbia 2016, planned for 9 November 2016. It is expected that Serbia will be commended for drafting Ch.23 and Ch.24 Action Plans, regional cooperation, public administration reform and positive economic results, particularly in the fiscal consolidation area. Assessments of and recommendations for candidates and potential candidates will be published in the European Commission Communique.