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Serbia: Visits Abroad

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th December 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he or his Department had with representatives of the Serbian newspaper Danas on his visit to Serbia on 11 November 2016.

Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2016 to Question 55857, what the cost to the public purse was of the official government car used during the state visit to Serbia on 11 November 2016.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

Neither the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) nor his officials had any interaction with the Serbian newspaper Danas about the visit to Serbia on 11 November 2016. The Foreign Secretary spent approximately 45 minutes at the bookstore for a roundtable on media freedom with a small number of journalists and editors. The Foreign Secretary issued a tweet following the roundtable, highlighting the need for strong independent media in any democracy. There will be no further public record of the discussions. The Serbian government offered the use of their protocol vehicles, free of charge, to transport the Foreign Secretary for the duration of the visit. As is standard practice for official ministerial visits, the Embassy in Belgrade provided transport for some of the visiting delegation and Embassy staff to attend meetings.

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