BELGRADE – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Vuk Jeremic, Serbia’s former foreign minister and a candidate to the post of U.N. Secretary General, in Moscow on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The sides discussed how to make the United Nations work more effective and exchanged views on elections of a new UN secretary general,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

The outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (South Korea) has headed the United Nations since 2007. His post will be vacant as of January 1, 2017. Under the existing rules, a candidate who wants to be appointed to the post is to gains 9 votes, including from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. After that, his name will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for approval.

There are ten candidates running for the post, including Jeremic.