Meeting between State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Banno and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Vuk Jeremic
March 8, 2011
Today (Tuesday, March 8), State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Banno held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, who is accompanying H.E. Mr. Boris Tadić, President of the Republic of Serbia on an official working visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Strengthening of bilateral relations
(1) State Secretary Banno informed the Foreign Minister of the Japanese decision on visa waiver scheme for Serbian nationals from 1 May this year, and stated his wish to expand people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. He also said that he hoped to build a win-win economic relationship with Serbia through implementing concrete measures.
(2) In response, Minister Jeremic stated that the relationship between the two countries has been significantly improved in recent years, and expressed his appreciation for the introduction of the visa waiver. Furthermore, he said that he hoped to deepen exchanges in the fields of education and research.
(3) During the meeting, both sides decided to enhance the mutual relations based on trust, including in the area of people-to-people exchanges.
- Peace and stability in the Western Balkans
(1) State Secretary Banno expressed his expectations to a constructive role of Servia, a key country in peace and stability of the Western Balkans, and stated that Japan firmly supports Serbia as it promotes international cooperation and aims to enter the European Union (EU).
(2) In response, Minister Jeremic expressed his appreciation to State Secretary Banno for Japan’s support to Serbia, especially economic and financial assistance. Minister Jeremic expressed his willingness to continue working towards peace and stability in the Western Balkans.
- During the meeting, both sides also shared the view on the importance of reforming the United Nations Security Council and reiterated their close cooperation in the international arena.
- (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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