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IMF opens talks on new loan deal with Serbia


February 19. 2013 5:05PM
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(AP) The International Monetary Fund has opened talks with Serbia that could potentially lead to a new loan deal for the Balkan country.


The talks which started Tuesday will focus on pledges by Serbia's new government to slash public spending in a 2013 draft budget.


Serbia's deficit in 2012 has soared to around 7 percent of gross domestic product. The draft budget projects the deficit falling to 3.6 percent.


The IMF froze a 1 billion ($1.27 billion) standby loan with Serbia in January over the country's rising public spending.


The government says it needs a new deal with the IMF as a guarantee to foreign investors that Serbia's economy is on the right track.


Associated Press


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