NATO Official: Serbia Is a Valued and Longstanding Partner of the Alliance | Beta Briefing

NATO Official: Serbia Is a Valued and Longstanding Partner of the Alliance

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News / Politics | 07.12.21 | access_time 12:11

Javier Colomina Piriz Foto: NATO

The NATO deputy assistant secretary general for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Javier Colomina Piriz, has said that Serbia is a valued and longstanding partner of the Alliance and that more should be done to ensure a better understanding of Serbia’s citizens of the cooperation between the two sided.

In an interview to BETA ahead of his visit to Belgrade, Colomina Piriz has said that “NATO fully respects Serbia’s stated policy of military neutrality” and that “it is entirely up to Serbia to decide what kind of relations it wants to have with the Alliance.”  

“Serbia and NATO have been partners for 15 years, during which time our partnership has grown considerably. On the other side, it is not always apparent that citizens of Serbia are really aware of the level of cooperation between their country and NATO, and how much we have achieved together. Public diplomacy is therefore a field where there is also work to do, for the benefit of both Serbia and NATO,” said Colomina Piriz, who starts his two-day visit to Belgrade on Dec. 7.

Colomina Piriz, who was in September appointed NATO deputy assistant secretary-general for Political Affairs and Security Policy and secretary general’s special representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, has said that the partnership between Serbia and NATO is “strong and rests on solid grounds,” adding that “Serbia cooperates with the Alliance on many different levels, and across political, military and scientific domains.”  


The Spanish diplomat has also said that Serbia is a valued and longstanding partner of the Alliance, since 2006, when it joined NATO Partnership for Peace Program. “Overall, the current level of cooperation is intensive and mutually beneficial and it is shaped in a way that helps to best address Serbia’s needs, with Serbia setting the pace and scope of our support activities,” he said.  

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