28.04.2016

Relations friendly, economic should improve

Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic said on Wednesday he had informed Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, whose country does not recognize Kosovo's independence, about heightened security risks in Kosovo-Metohija.

JAKARTA/ BELGRADE, April 27 (Tanjug) - Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic said on Wednesday he had informed Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, whose country does not recognize Kosovo's independence, about heightened security risks in Kosovo-Metohija, and voiced concern that Kosovo could give ground to Islamic State to declare independence, which would then be recognized by certain states.

President Nikolic said he had told his Indonesian counterpart that Pristina was plagued by religious extremism, noting that its citizens of Albanian nationality were involved in a large number of IS terrorist operations.

He underlined that Serbia highly appreciated the fact that Indonesia did not recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo-Metohija, and the clear, principled and unequivocal support for Serbia's territorial sovereignty and integrity.

We have noted that Serbia and Indonesia have traditionally excellent relations, following an upward trend, and that there are no open issues, the Serbian president said.

Indonesia wants to strengthen cooperation with Serbia

JAKARTA -President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday Indonesia would like to improve the cooperation with Serbia, notably in the fields of economy, education and archives preservation, and voiced his readiness to encourage Indonesian businessmen to invest in Serbia.

At a joint press conference with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Widodo said he was glad to receive the first-ever visit by a Serbian head of state to Indonesia.

Indonesia and Serbia are bound by strong historical ties. The two countries played very important roles in establishing the Non-Aligned Movement, Widodo said.

Serbia and Indonesia also press for the nomination of the archives of the Non-Aligned Movement summits from 1961 to 1992 for entering UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.

During Nikolic's visit, the two countries signed an agreement on the abolition of visas for diplomatic and official passport holders and a cooperation program between the education ministries.

Nikolic, Widodo: Relations friendly, economic should improve

JAKARTA - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and President of Indonesia Joko Widodo agreed during a meeting they had in Jakarta Wednesday that the two countries enjoyed good and friendly relations and should improve economic cooperation.

President Widodo has prepared a welcoming ceremony with full military honors for President Nikolic and his wife Dragica on the second day of the Serbian president's official visit to Indonesia, Nikolic's press office said in a release.

Following the ceremony, Nikolic and Widodo held a tete-a-tete meeting, which lasted nearly an hour, the release said.

During a plenary meeting that followed, President Widodo said he was happy to see a Serbian president visiting Indonesia for the first time after 58 years.

He noted that bilateral relations were very good and improving economic relations was a priority, and there was room for promoting cooperation in the fields of education, culture and new technologies.

President Nikolic thanked President Widodo for the cordial welcome he had received and Indonesia's willingness to boost cooperation in all areas, and Widodo said he would encourage investors from that country to invest in Serbia.

Photo courtesy of Serbian president's press service