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Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:58AM
Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic

Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic

Iran has constantly called on Serbia and Kosovo to resolve their territorial disputes through direct dialog.”
Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic has called for closer ties between Serbia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. In a Friday meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Serbia Majid Fahimpour in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, Vucic noted that both countries have the potential to forge closer cooperation on different social, political and cultural fronts. He also expressed gratitude for Iran’s stance on the territorial dispute between Serbia and Kosovo, and described it as a clear example of Tehran and Belgrade’s common viewpoints. Following Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, the two countries have had a series of disputes over their territorial boundaries. Iran has constantly called on Serbia and Kosovo to resolve their territorial disputes through direct dialog. In his meeting with Vucic, Iran’s ambassador, for his part, underlined the country’s resolve to expand cultural, economic and political relations with Serbia. Fahimpour also extended an invitation to Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani, slated to be held on August 4. ASH/NN/HJL