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Vučić meets with NATO Deputy Secretary General

Gottemoeller and Vučić; Photo: NATO

BELGRADE – Meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller in Belgrade on Friday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said Serbia was very appreciative of the military alliance’s high level of representation at his inaugural reception, the Presidency of Serbia said in a statement.
“It is another indication of the mutual respect and good cooperation that is developing despite Serbia’s military neutrality”, Vučić noted.

He asked Gottemoeller to convey his regards to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, whose measured statements, he said, showed understanding for Serbia’s position and its vital interests.

Vučić expressed gratitude for the role of KFOR as a guarantor of the security of Kosovo-Metohija Serbs.

NATO Deputy Secretary General highlighted that Serbia is key for regional stability in the Western Balkans. The two leaders also discussed cooperation between the Alliance and Serbia, as well as the security challenges facing the Western Balkans, NATO stated.

The Deputy Secretary General welcomed Serbia’s offer to host NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) exercise in 2018. She stressed that Serbia is making important contributions to regional and international security.

The Deputy Secretary General will also meet with the Prime Minister-designate, Ana Brnabić, and Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić.

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