On December 21, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the first review under the Policy Coordination Instrument (PCI) for the Republic of Serbia. The Executive Board’s decision was taken without a meeting.
Swiss footballers Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have risked inflaming political tensions in the Balkans after they used an Albanian nationalist symbol to celebrate their goals against Serbia in a 2-1 Group E victory at the 2018 World Cup in Kaliningrad, Russia.
The Serbia men's national football team has achieved a convincing victory in the preliminary round of the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia, and scored a triumph against Costa Rica.
Cooperation and relations between Iran and Serbia have been constantly expanding in tourism, trade and economic sectors, particularly following the introduction of a visa free travel regime between the two countries in 2017.