An event marking the Day of America in Belgrade is taking place in the Serbian Parliament. Serbia is determined to continue strengthening and building the foundations for a future strategic partnership with the US, said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. „When the Ohio National Guard returns to Serbia – the welcome is warm, as always!“ – the US Embassy tweeted yesterday announcing today’s event.
The succinct tweet actually alludes not only to the long-term friendly ties and cooperation of the Serbian Armed Forces with these units of the US Army but also to the graffiti that was recently displayed on fan stands and other channels – „When the army returns to Kosovo“. It is actually a verse from one of the versions of the Serbian folk song „Ječam žnjela“.
A delegation of the Ohio National Guard and a business delegation from this US state arrived today in Belgrade, accompanied by the Serbian ambassador to Washington, Marko Djuric.
The meeting between the hosts and the military leaders of the two armies was cordial, according to the media footage and reports.
„General Milan Mojsilovic and Major General John Harris, who contributed significantly to the establishment and improvement of relations between Serbia and Ohio, had a particularly friendly hug,“ the media that followed this event report.
The visit is organized by the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense. The Ohio business delegation is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in the area of economic development with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
The President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, met today with the commander of the Ohio National Guard, Major General John Harris.
„I discussed the improvement of bilateral relations, the intensification of military-security cooperation, as well as regional, global and other issues of mutual importance with the commander of the Ohio National Guard, Major General John Harris. Serbia is determined to continue strengthening and building the foundations for a future strategic partnership with the US, which would give our bilateral dialogue a clearer structure,“ Vucic said on Instagram.
Through the State Partnership Program, numerous projects in the field of military cooperation, as well as in the area of economy and business, were started or implemented, Vucic noted. The US is one of the leading foreign investors in the Republic of Serbia.
There is an increase in the inflow of investments from US companies, the growing trade exchange of goods, and especially services, as well as significant financial support through various development aid programs, the president stated.
A special media conference was held in the Serbian Parliament today on the occasion, during which the Serbian ambassador to the US, Marko Djuric, and the US ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill, addressed the public.
Hill emphasized that the relations between Serbia and the US are stable and that they do not depend on what is happening in other countries.
„We have an opportunity to improve relations and it is important, as every cyclist knows, that they must continue in order to be improved. I want to emphasize that the relations between Serbia and the USA are stable on their own and do not depend on what is happening in other countries, although we will now discuss many things that are happening. We will continue to work together, especially in the economic field in which we have common interests, as well as in political issues and relations. In particular, we need to discuss topics related to security.“
Hill reminded that „the relations between Serbia and the US go back a long way – 142 years“, and that they have a chance to continue developing.
Marko Djuric said that US-Serbian relations are characterized by „historical connection, economic interests and common political values“.
„I am firmly convinced that Serbia faces horizons of progress and a firm determination that in future development the US will be one of the key strategic partners in political, economic and any other progress and development,“ he said.
After this conference, they joined the „Partnering for the Future“ panel.
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