Allied Joint Force Command Naples Commander visits Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia - Commander JFC Naples, Admiral Mark Ferguson, paid an official visit to Serbia during which he met with Minister of Defense Bratislav Gasic and Chief of Defense Ljubisa Dikovic to discuss mutual relations and future activities.
Admiral Ferguson said that NATO and Serbia are successfully cooperating through various Partnership of Peace mechanisms, and noted that the recently adopted IPAP agreement provides space for deepening relations and practical cooperation. The Serbian officials noted that Serbia appreciates NATO’s assistance in improving capacities for participation of its soldiers in EU and UN peacekeeping missions, and added that the Serbian Armed Force’s cooperation with KFOR is excellent on all levels.
Admiral Ferguson also met with Chief of NATO MLO Belgrade, Brig. Gen. Lucio Batta, to discuss the most recent developments in NATO-Serbia relations and the role of the office in supporting Serbia's defense sector reform and future IPAP-related initiatives.
This was Admiral Ferguson’s first visit to Serbia since assuming command of JFC Naples in July 2014. In addition to his NATO responsibilities, Admiral Ferguson is also Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa.