For this occasion, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Baiba Braže, addressed the audience underlining the importance of Serbia for the stability of the region and NATO's commitment to building a strong partnership with Serbia. She stated that Serbia is a valued, respected, and important partner for the Alliance.
Serbia is key to the stability of the Western Balkans, a region of unique importance to NATO
"In just a few months we will celebrate 15 years since Serbia joined the NATO Partnership for Peace program. These 15 years have been marked by many achievements. They have also demonstrated that partnership with NATO can bring real benefits to Serbia and its citizens, and the wider region. NATO is committed to building a strong partnership with Serbia. Serbia is a valued, respected, and important partner for the Alliance. Serbia is important to NATO, and NATO is important to Serbia" concluded Braze.
Partnership has yielded many significant results, in many different domains. From civil emergency and preparedness to training Serbian forces for peacekeeping operations. To security sector reform, to scientific cooperation.
Partnership has been the most important tool in setting a new, positive, long-term relationship between NATO and Serbia: It has been a facilitator to the establishment of a trusted political dialogue.