President Nikolic proposes establishing joint commission with Qatar

DOHA/BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Monday spoke with Qatar's PM and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, proposing establishment of a joint commission of the two countries.

The commission would define concrete areas where there is interest and possibilities for comprehensive cooperation, President Nikolic said at the signing of agreements.

Economic cooperation between the two countries is insufficiently developed and the volume of trade is very modest considering the possibilities of the two economies, President Nikolic noted.

"It is something that, as friends, we can and must change in the interest of better life for all our citizens," a statement from the presidential press office quoted President Nikolic as saying.

President Nikolic urged Qatari companies to invest in Serbia, and Al Thani agreed Qatar should send a business delegation to Serbia.

Five bilateral documents signed with Qatar

DOHA/BELGRADE - During an official visit to Doha, a Serbian delegation headed by President Tomislav Nikolic signed five bilateral documents with Qatar.

The two parties signed intergovernmental agreements on economic, trade and technical cooperation, on mutual protection and fostering of investments and on cultural cooperation, as well as a memorandum of understanding in the field of youth and sport.

The Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and Qatar's Ministry of Municipality and Environment signed an agreement on agricultural cooperation.

While in Doha, President Nikolic also visited the Serbian company Energoprojekt Entel, which has been operating successfully in the Middle East for 25 years, the presidential press office said in a statement.

President Nikolic: Qatar, Serbia can develop better cooperation

DOHA - Qatar and Serbia can develop better cooperation in the defence industry, tourism, energy, telecommunications and agriculture, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said in Doha Monday.

After a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, President Nikolic said the volume of bilateral trade was very low and that a high level of Qatari investments was achievable in Serbia.

President Nikolic said the Emir offered firm assurances a Qatari delegation at ministerial level, including representatives of an investment fund, would visit Belgrade to assess possibilities for cooperation.

They also discussed Kosovo-Metohija, and President Nikolic said he had presented the situation there in great detail.

"I think I managed to present all our arguments to him," he said.

Qatar was among the backers of Kosovo's UNESCO membership bid last year.