NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade Hosted a Reception Marking Its 12th Anniversary
Jan 15, 2019
The NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade hosted a reception marking the 12th anniversary of its inauguration. The host, Chief of MLO, Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli, welcomed all and gave floor to the guests of honour, Lt. Gen. Luciano Portolano, Chief of Staff of the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic and Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin.
(Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic Elias Eliadis, Ambassador of Norway Arne Bjørnstad, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin, Chief of Staff, Allied Joint Force Command Naples Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano, Italian Army, Chief of NATO MLO, Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli)
"I have a high regard for the Serbian Armed Forces officers that served under my command in Lebanon. Working side by side with them, I had the pleasure to see first-hand how they add great value to the peacekeeping missions in which they participate. I would like to thank them for their efforts and underline that Serbia is one of the most reliable partners among the member countries of the Partnership for Peace. NATO's Military Liaison Office in Belgrade has worked hard in partnership with Serbia for 12 years to strengthen this cooperation, improve dialogue and ensure the continuation of stability in this region, and I am pleased to be here with all of you tonight" – said Lt. Gen. Portolano.
( Lt. Gen. Luciano Portolano, Chief of Staff of the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples speaking at the reception)
The ceremonial handover/takeover of the Contact Point Embassies also took place at the reception, with Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, Elias Eliadis, passing over the duties to the Ambassador of Norway, Arne Bjørnstad.
"It is an honour for the Norwegian embassy to be NATO Contact point in Belgrade 2019. NATO has kept its members secure since its foundation. But NATO isn’t only a matter of security. NATO is a community of values as much as a military alliance. Cooperation and solidarity are key words for NATO. With due respect to Serbia’s military non-alignment, we will work to strengthen cooperation between the Alliance and Serbia. The NATO Contact Point is just a small part in the big machinery of cooperation between Serbia and NATO, but it is an honour for us to make sure this piece is well-functioning and contribute to strengthen cooperation between Serbia and NATO. Thank you also to Brigadier-General Marinelli and his team for excellent cooperation in our preparations. And I want to say thank you for the very positive reactions we have received from the Serbian Government, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence, as well as from the Armed Forces and Serbian Civil Society.”
– said the Ambassador of Norway to Serbia, Arne Bjørnstad.
Complete statements and photos from the reception can be found on the links below.
Speech by Chief of Staff of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano.pdf
Statement by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić.pdf
Statement by the Chief of the NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade on the occasion of marking 12 years since the inauguration of the MLO (final).pdf
Statement by the the Ambassador of Norway, H.E. Mr. Arne BJØRNSTAD, on the occasion of the 12th Anniversary of the NATO MLO Belgrade and the HOTO ceremony of the CPE.pdf
Statement by the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Mr. Elias ELIADIS, on the occasion of the 12th Anniversary of the NATO MLO Belgrade and the HOTO ceremony of the CPE.pdf