Serbia plays a key role as a reliable and respected partner in the Western Balkans region
General Vitale underscored the significance of the benefits that NATO-Serbia Partnership provides for two sides and for the region, which was reaffirmed by the NATO Allies at the Brussel's Summit, along with the Alliance's commitment to improving cooperation programs with partner nations. In this sense, General Vitale described NATO-Serbia partnership, which 15th Anniversary will be marked in 2021, as long-standing and solid, highlighting civil emergencies preparedness, military reforms, scientific cooperation, and military personnel training for peacekeeping operations as best examples of this cooperation. In addition to this, he reminded that NATO supports the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue facilitated by the EU, reiterating NATO's commitment to peace and security in Kosovo through continued engagement within the KFOR mission. As conclusion, Chief NATO MLO Belgrade General Vitale said that NATO looks forward to NATO-Serbia partnership, underlining the fact that NATO respects Serbia's proclaimed policy of military neutrality.