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List of diplomatic missions of Serbia

In this edition, the columnist has reproduced countries that Serbia has diplomatic missions. It may interest readers to know that Serbia has no diplomatic mission in Sierra Leone and not one of the countries that has bilateral relationship with Sierra Leone. It is what they called in the diplomatic parlance a nonaligned state. Although that doesn’t mean it cannot have an official under the title of a consul, but the category or class is what has become the recent concern of many Sierra Leoneans and even diplomats that share tables with Adonis Aboud, whom over the years has been claiming diplomatic status in the Country.

In one of the Standard Times edition, effort was made by this columnist to how Adonis Aboud materialized to Sierra Leone and became part of the Sierra Leone population. For the benefit of those who may not have seen the publication, it is but necessary to explain the adventure of an individual that has been ripping off Sierra Leoneans with impunity and disregard for humanity at the same time painting black picture about the country to his family abroad.

Adonis Aboud came to Sierra Leone together with Ahmed Bongoman as Jackpot mechanics hired by Lebanese born Mr. Daboul, who was in the business of Jackpot. The business became difficult due to the stiff competition Joe Daboul had experienced with the late Donald Maccauley’s Sierra Leone Entertainment Limited also well established in the Jackpot business. The services of Adonis Aboud who was pickup from Ghana and Ahmed Bongoman suffered termination. Adonis refused to return to Ghana, whilst Ahmed Bongoman and Joe Daboul returned to Lebanon. From a Jackpot mechanic to a Satellite Dish seller and later emerged as a Consul after the visit of the late Siaka Stevens to Yugoslavia. After the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Adonis Aboud’s career suffered setback. He lobbied his way to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations to be the representative of Serbia, claiming that the Serbia Ambassador in Guinea had endorsed his candidature for the position.

On the diplomatic list of Serbia, Sierra Leone as a country is conspicuously absent, nor is Adonis Aboud’s name is mentioned as a consul for that country. What he has done is to create a website bearing his name, title and telephone numbers that he is using for his Multi-choice and DSTV business. A letter was sent from this medium to the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bangali to ascertain the status of Adonis Aboud. Whether he is an accredited consul or not and the country is he representing in Sierra Leone. Since Mr. Bangali promised to respond to the paper’s concern, he has failed to keep to his promise. Whether the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is covering up or protecting Adonis Aboud is only known to the Director General     

 

Diplomatic missions of Serbia, including embassies (red), consulates (blue) and other representative offices (yellow)

This is a list of diplomatic missions of Serbia, excluding honorary consulates. Serbia has a significant number of diplomatic missions abroad, representing its growing ties with the West along with Yugoslavia’s historical ties with eastern Europe and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Serbia inherited about a third of the diplomatic facilities that belonged to the former Yugoslavia. After 2001 embassies in Chile, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Lebanon, Mongolia, North Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe were closed due to financial or reciprocal reasons. In June 2008 the Government of Serbia made a decision to close consulates in Bari, Graz and Malmö,  and later that year Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić announced a plan to open a consulate-general in Knin (Croatia)[3] during the autumn and an embassy in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Foreign Minister also announced that some diplomatic missions might be closed but also announced a plan for opening missions in Kazakhstan, Los Angeles, Pakistan, UAE and Venezuela. Construction of the new embassy in Washington and reconstruction of the existing buildings in Paris, Nairobi and Brussels is also planned. In late 2008 it was announced that due to the economic crisis expansion plans will be reviewed, In January 2009, the Government of Serbia announced opening of diplomatic trade offices. Many of them will be opened in different cities to the ones where embassies are located as they will be opened in largest economic centres. These offices will be opened in Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, United Kingdom, Greece, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, China, USA, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Switzerland, Turkey, India and South Korea. Government also announced the opening of police liaison offices for a better cooperation with foreign law enforcement agencies. In April 2009, Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that consulate from Rijeka will be moved to Knin in Croatia. In May 2009 it was announced that the embassy in Peru will be temporarily closed and that the consulate-general in Lyon will be closed while the embassy in Kenya was reopened. Due to the legal succession of the Yugoslav properties abroad, Serbia will have to hand over embassy buildings in Vienna, The Hague and Lisbon (to Croatia), Canberra (to the Republic of Macedonia), Ankara, Madrid, Oslo and Ottawa (to Bosnia and Herzegovina) as well as consulate buildings in Klagenfurt, Milan (to Slovenia), Toronto (to Croatia), Zurich and Athens (to the Republic of Macedonia). Serbia will hand over the embassy building in Rome to Slovenia in 2011. In November 2010, the Government of Serbia made a decision to open embassies in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Qatar and reopen embassies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ghana in 2011 and announced a plan to open embassies in Oman, Chile, Venezuela and Pakistan in the future.[12] In March 2011, Serbia opened its embassy in Azerbaijan and Consulate-General in Herceg Novi. In June 2011, Serbia opened its embassy in Kazakhstan.

On 30 November 2006, the Government of Serbia adopted the Memorandum of Agreement between the Republic of Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia on Consular Protection and Services to the Citizens of Montenegro. By this agreement, Serbian diplomatic missions provide consular services to the Montenegrin citizens on the territory of states in which Montenegro has no missions of its own. In 2012, Serbia signed a similar agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina that will also allow Serbian citizens to use Bosnian diplomatic and consular offices, namely those in Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates However, in 2013 the Serbian government has adopted a decision to establish full diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates[ and Saudi Arabia, at a meeting held on 4 February 2013.

Serbian foreign minister Ivan Mrkić announced in January 2014 plans to open embassies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Ghana as well as five diplomatic offices in Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Vietnam and Cambodia by the year’s end.

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