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Djokovic: Diplomatic row brews, as Serbia goes for tit-for-tat *Sacks major Australian company

Posted by Editor | 22 January 2022, 02:49am | 315


Djokovic leaving Australia on Sunday

A major diplomatic row, is brewing between Serbia and Australia following the deportation of World Number One Tennis player, Novak Djokovic, on Sunday, ending his bid to play in the ongoing Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam tournament.

Serbia, in what appeared a tit-for-tat, has sacked Australian mining giant from their county, by revoking its certificate, an action which could either open up the relationship of the two countries to deterioration or serve as the closure to an ugly outcome.

The decision was taken shortly after Australia's Immigration Minister deported the unvaccinated tennis star from the country, days before the Australian Open.

The Serbian government revoked Rio Tinto's lithium exploration licences in a move that will appease environmental protesters who are opposed to a mining project being undertaken by the company.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said she had been in agreement with calls from environmental campaigners to stop the £1.8billion ($2.4billion) Jadar lithium project, which if allowed to go ahead, would have put the company in the top 10 producers of lithium, reports say.

Speaking about the decision, she said: "All decisions and all licences have been annulled. As far as project Jadar is concerned, this is an end."

Rio Tinto said it would be reviewing the legal basis for the move, adding that it was "extremely concerned" by the government's decision.

Djocovic was deported from Australia after judges, who had earlier rejected the initial action of the cancellation of his visa, rejected a second measure, despite a desperate move by the tennis player to allow him to remain in the country, despite being unvaccinated.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morison said: "We’ve made it very clear that the rules are the rules," while speaking on the government’s action, based on "health and good order grounds."

 


Source: Whirlwindnews.com.ng

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