“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic received EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn in Belgrade on Friday. Vucic and Hahn met in Villa Bokeljka to discuss the EU integration process and Serbia’s progress on that path, Tanjug learns. They noted all countries in the region should use the Bulgarian and Austrian EU presidencies to achieve progress. Vucic said Serbia would do everything to make a full contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the Balkans.” (European Western Balkans)

“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Belgrade for an official visit tomorrow (Monday) with a delegation of Japanese businessmen. He will be hosted by President Aleksandar Vucic. The welcome ceremony will be in the afternoon in the front of the Palace of Serbia, followed by a plenary meeting delegations of Serbia and Japan, the president’s Media Co-operation Service said. A meeting between delegations of businessmen of the two countries is planned later in the afternoon, according to the program of the visit.” (translated from Vecernji Novosti)

“The US rejection of a visa application for the Serbian army chief of staff will have consequences for military relations between the two countries, Serbia’s defense minister warned Thursday. Aleksandar Vulin said it was unclear why the US Embassy in Belgrade rejected the visa for General Ljubisa Dikovic, who in October was invited to a counterterrorism conference in Washington. Vulin said the refusal to issue Dikovic a visa ‘’doesn’t contribute to our cooperation and leaves a bad trail.’’ The US Embassy would not comment on the general’s application.” (Boston Globe)