THE SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER EUROPE GENERAL TOD D. WOLTERS MEETS WITH SERBIAN PRESIDENT ALEKSANDAR VUČIĆ IN BELGRADE
I am very proud of the fact that the Serbian Army and the President of Serbia have given us the opportunity to continue to support peace together
"The Western Balkans is certainly a very important region for Europe. I am here because it provides us with the opportunity to peacefully talk and to create peace. The Western Balkans is crucial in terms of the overall security of the European continent and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to be here. Also, this is a fantastic opportunity to talk about ways in which we can support peace, exercises and training, about future opportunities for countries to cooperate in military terms, to increase commitment to peace” - said General Tod D. Wolters, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).
SACEUR General Tod D. Wolters and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade (17 July 2019)
"It is a great honor for me to represent NATO in Serbia and host the reception marking 12 years since the inauguration of the Military Liaison Office.
During my time in Belgrade, working side by side with Serbian colleagues, learning every day something new about country’s rich culture and tradition, I had a pleasure to experience Serbian hospitality and see the beauty of the country itself.
Brigadier General Marinelli, Chief NATO MLO Belgrade during his speech at the reception
Living among Serbs, I have grown to understand them, acknowledging their sensitivities and emotional relation of ordinary citizens toward NATO. That is why I must underline that, regardless of the past, after these 12 years since the inauguration of the Office, I am pleased to say that the relations between Serbia and NATO are better than they seem to an average person, with Serbia becoming an ever more important partner to NATO, since we both choose to be partners" - said Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli Chief NATO MLO Belgrade during his speech marking 12 years since the inauguration of NATO Belgrade Office.
Brigadier General Marinelli, Chief NATO MLO Belgrade welcoming Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs to the reception
"We consider Serbia and its Armed Forces a reliable and trustworthy partner. Trainings such as this one provide an opportunity to share opinions, experiences and knowledge, which in return increases our readiness to address today’s ever-evolving challenges. We listen and learn from each other" – said Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Franz, coordinator of the courses provided to Serbian Officers.
"NATO fully respects Serbia’s military neutrality and this does not prevent us from cooperating through partnership programmes and activities, of which there are hundreds. We also maintain close relations with with Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, that, just like Serbia, are not NATO members. We are focused on strengthening the partnership we have with Serbia" - said Lieutenant General Christian Juneau, Deputy Commander of JFC Naples.
Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff visited Belgrade, where he met with representatives of the Serbian Government, Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin, Chief of Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Milan Mojsilović and, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Assistant Minister Ambassador Branimir Filipović.
The Chief of Staff of the Allied Joint Force Command Naples Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano visited Serbia. During his visit he met with Serbian Government and Armed Forces representatives. In addition, as a guest of honor, JFC Naples Chief of Staff attended the reception marking the 12th anniversary of the inauguration of the NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade.
KFOR Commander, Major General Lorenzo D'Addario visited Belgrade and met with the Serbian Government and Armed Forces representatives, so as to discuss the security situation in the region and the role of KFOR in providing safe and secure environment for all people living in Kosovo.