Serbia, Iran to sign free trade agreement

The Associated Press | March 6, 2009

Serbia, Iran to sign free trade agreement

BELGRADE, Serbia: Serbia says it plans to sign a free trade agreement with Iran to boost economic cooperation.

A statement by Economy Minister Mladjan Dinkic says Serbia’s exports to Iran have grown in the past few years. Dinkic says relations with Iran are "good and stable."

The statement was issued Friday after a meeting between Dinkic and an Iranian delegation led by the Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

Mottaki will also meet with Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic. Serbian media have reported that Iran is interested in buying a fertilizer factory outside Belgrade.

The Serbian government statement quoted Mottaki as inviting Serbian companies to take part in infrastructure projects in Iran.

source: IHT

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    Serbia and Iran signed a free trade agreement and pledged further diplomatic and miltiary ties between the two countries.

    "We are planning to sign a free trade agreement with Iran which foresees a significant liberalisation of exports which will enable the increase of mutual trade," it said in a statement.

    Serbia and Iran have also agreed to increase the cooperation in military level. "Serbia and Iran will certainy want to increase and deepen ties with Iran’s military industry and security policies," was said in the statement

    Serbian Economy Minister Mladjan Dinkic met Friday with an Iranian delegation led by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who invited Serbian companies to "take part in infrastructure projects in Iran," it said.

    Serbia and Iran are reportedly considering cooperation in the oil industry, military, metalurgy, food trade and pharmaceuticals. Mottaki met also with Serbia’s Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic.

    Serbia was also a vocal supporter of Iran at UN against the resolution which condemens Iran’s abuse and violation of Human Rights.

    The move was also recently criticized by Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. The Helsinki Committee’s report for the year 2008 published under the title „Human Rights, Democracy and – Violence“ provides an example that indicates the compromises Serbia accepts inthe search for allies in „defense“ of Kosovo. Namely, on November 21, 2008, Serbia voted gainst the UN Resolution on the Situtation of Human Rights in Iran where the Sharia applies even to persons under age (out of 32 death penalties in the entire world in 2005, 26 took place in Iran).

    Meanwhile, Serbia continues to harbor the Serb fugitive charged with genocide and crimes against humanity, Ratko Mladic who is still at large, believed to reside in Serbia. A recent video shows him dancing and parting freely among friends somewhere in Serbia.

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