Serbian president to start two-day visit to Azerbaijan

BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić will start a two-day visit to Azerbaijan on Thursday and sign a declaration on the two countries’ friendship and partnership.

Tomislav Nikolić (Tanjug, file)
Tomislav Nikolić (Tanjug, file)

Four bilateral agreements will also be signed during his visit to Azerbaijan.

He will discuss abolishment of visas for the two counties’ citizens with Azerbaijani officials and cooperation in gas supply.

A monument to Serbian-American scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla will be unveiled in one of the central parks in Baku and an exhibition “Ivo Andrić – a writer and/or diplomat” will be opened.

Serbia and Azerbaijan last year signed agreements on economic and technological cooperation and an agreement on a loan to Serbia worth EUR 308mn that will be used for the construction of a part of Corridor 11.

The trade between the two countries amounted to around USD 35mn in 2012.

Nikolić will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade and Parliament Speaker Ogtay Asadov, the president's press service stated in a release.

The Serbian delegation also includes Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić, Deputy Prime Minister and Trade and Telecommunications Minister Rasim Ljajić, Serbian Ambassador in Baku Zoran Vajović, president's advisors Marko Đurić, Predrag Mikić and Jasmina Mitrović Marić and head of the president's press service Stanislava Pak Stanković.