BELGRADE, Serbia— German Army Brigadier General Reinhard Kloss, Allied Joint Force Command Naples Assistant Chief of Staff – J9 Division, led a JFC Naples delegation to meet with Serbian Armed Forces representatives on December 14, 2016.
The meeting was in the framework of an annual military cooperation Expert Staff Meeting (ESM). It aimed to confirm the NATO military partnership programme for Serbia in 2017 and to enhance NATO's understanding of the Host Nation’s military requests for support. The NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade also participated in the meeting to support both JFC Naples and Serbia.
Discussions included a review of the cooperation program between Serbia and NATO in 2016, a presentation on worthwhile cooperation activities and exercises available to Serbia in 2017 and JFC Naples MPB's role in facilitating this partnership. The delegations also discussed the Regional Exercise (REGEX) 2018, which will be hosted by Serbia. French Army Colonel Vincent Alexandre, JFC Naples J9 Military Partnership Branch Head, thanked the Serbian delegation for the high level of the meeting’s preparation, and for their continued professionalism.
Frankness, flexibility and transparency characterized the exchanges and the quality of the discussions throughout.
ESMs are an important annual occurrence for all Partner countries that allow J9 MPB and the partners to openly discuss progress under various initiatives and to ensure that our partners are correctly supported by NATO through JFC Naples.
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