India, Serbia resolve to step up bilateral trade

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (UNI) India and Serbia have signed an agreement on visa exemption for Diplomatic and Official passport holders and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between the Foreign Service Institute of India and its counterpart in Serbia.

The two countries reiterated the traditional goodwill in their bilateral relationships, while Serbia stressed the importance of India in their foreign policy priorities.

The Serbian side also expressed the hope that trade and investment with India, which is currently at a low level, can be taken to a qualitatively new stratum through reinvigorating the relationship.

The agreements were signed during the two-day visit of the Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma to Serbia, which concluded today.

During the visit, the Minister held discussions with the Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, Parliament Speaker O Dulic and other senior dignitaries.

The Serbian side also expressed concern over developments in regard to Kosovo, negotiations for which are to be held in London tomorrow.

Mr Sharma invited the Serbian Prime Minister to visit India to attend a conference on Federalism in November.


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