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Secretary General: NATO is committed to building a strong partnership with Serbia

Brussels, 15. November 2017 - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Allies welcomed Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (15 November 2017) to discuss cooperation between the Alliance and Serbia, as well as the security challenges facing the Western Balkans.

The Secretary General stressed that NATO’s partnership with Serbia can bring real benefits to its citizens and the Western Balkans.

He also thanked Serbia for its contributions, including working with NATO to train Iraqi military medics and the offer to host NATO’s disaster management exercise next year.

Mr. Stoltenberg underlined that NATO is committed to building a strong partnership with Serbia, while fully respecting the country’s neutrality. He stressed that “a strong, democratic and prosperous Serbia means more security and stability for the whole region.”


Ambassador Filipovic meetings in NATO HQ

Brussles, 23 November 2017 - As part of his visit to Brussels, Acting Assistant Minister for Security Policy, Ambassador Branimir Filipovic met at NATO Headquarters with NATO Deputy Secretary General Ms. Rose Gottemoeller and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy ambassador Tacan Ildem.

During these meetings, views were exchanged on the dynamic of the implementation of concrete arrangements concerning the development of partner cooperation, stemming from the recent successful visit by President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic to the NATO Headquarters, the talks he had with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and his participation in a North Atlantic Council meeting.

President Vučić with NATO DSG Rose Gottemoeller

Belgrade, 12 October 2017 -  President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, met today with NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, with whom he discussed the mutual political dialogue, forms of practical cooperation and President Vučić's upcoming meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

President Vučić emphasized that cooperation between Serbia and NATO had improved significantly and that mutual trust had been increased. He stressed that Serbia was a militarily neutral country, without intentions to change that status, but that it was also firmly resolved to cooperate with the Alliance within the Partnership for Peace programme, with the aim of preserving lasting peace and security in the region.

"During the past 11 years of In 11 years of participation in the Partnership for Peace programme, Serbia has accomplished significant cooperation with the NATO member states and partner countries, while implementing the best experience and standards in the modernization and strengthening of its armed forces and defence capacities", President Vučić added.

Deputy NATO Secretary General Gotemeler reiterated the attitude of the Alliance to accept Serbia's determination to be militarily neutral, not seeing anything disputable in that regard, and that this it does not represent an obstacle to the development of cooperation with Serbia in a number of fields.

President Vucic said that it was extremely important for NATO to continue with its principled and status-neutral approach to Kosovo and Metohija, and stressed that NATO was an unavoidable factor of regional stability, and that KFOR is a very important factor of security and survival of the Serb community in Kosovo and Metohija, and of the preservation of Serb cultural and historic heritage. Another topic of the talks was the realisation of the initiative for using the Trust fund for demining and destruction of cluster bombs in Serbia, which will be carried out with the help of the Dutch Government.


Minister of Defence meets NATO Deputy Secretary General

Belgrade, 12. October 2017 -  Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin has met today with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, in Belgrade.

During the talks, Minister Vulin emphasized that the Republic of Serbia is determined to lead a balanced defence policy and therefore cooperates with both the East and the West

- We are constantly working on improvement and further qualitative development of relations with all countries and international organizations, in accordance with the defined national interests and foreign policy priorities, the minister of defence said and thanked Ms Rose Gottemoeller on her personal contribution to improving cooperation under the auspices of the Partnership for Peace and her understanding of the position of the Republic Serbia.

Minister Vulin emphasized that Serbia wishes to be a reliable, predictable and serious partner of all actors in the international political and security scene who are interested in deepening relations on the basis of mutual respect, mutual interest and the improvement of regional and global security. He assessed that participation in activities under the auspices of the Partnership for Peace for the Republic of Serbia represents an optimal framework for achieving security goals and improving defence capacities, while respecting the policy of military neutrality.

The Minister of Defence emphasized that KFOR is the only partner of the Serbian Armed Forces in securing the administrative line and the only guarantor of security in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija, as well as the protection of our national, cultural, historical and religious heritage. Any solution to the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina must be in accordance with the Constitution, UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the Military Technical Agreement and other documents determining the channels of communication and procedures in the field, Minister Vulin concluded.


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