Il Capo di stato maggiore della Difesa Generale Enzo Vecciarelli è giunto oggi a Belgrado per una visita di lavoro, nel corso della quale incontrerà il suo omologo serbo Generale Milan Mojsilovic e avrà un incontro di cortesia con il Ministro della Difesa Nebojsa Stefanovic.
Al centro dei colloqui la cooperazione bilaterale, la situazione di sicurezza nei Balcani e il contributo dell’Italia alla stabilità regionale attraverso l’impegno in KFOR.
Comunicato del Ministero della Difesa serbo
Minister Stefanović meets with Italian Chief of Defence Staff
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović, PhD, met today with the Chief of the Defence Staff of Italy, General Enzo Vecciarelli.
On this occasion, Stefanović pointed out the importance of our joint participation in multinational operations, especially in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and emphasized the Serbian MOD’s commitment to continuing cooperation in key areas, especially in joint military exercises in Serbia and Italy.
The Minister thanked General Vecciarelli for the long-term participation of the Italian Armed Forces in KFOR, which was the only guarantor of peace and stability in Kosovo and Metohija, and stressed the importance of the Italian contingent’s involvement in protecting Serbs and Serbian cultural and religious heritage in our southern province.
At the beginning of the meeting, General Vecciarelli conveyed to Stefanović the Italian Defence Minister’s greetings, emphasizing that Serbia was an important factor for stability in the region, adding that the Armed Forces of the Republic of Italy were ready to further develop the military to military cooperation through joint participation in multinational operations and joint exercises.
General Vecciarelli also emphasized Italy’s commitment to continuing its contribution to KFOR mission in Kosovo and Metohija, and praised the professional attitude of Serbian peacekeepers working with the Italian contingent in UNIFIL’s Sector West.
Among other things, the interlocutors pointed out the importance of military-economic cooperation between the two countries and agreed that there was potential for its improvement.
Comunicato dello Stato Maggiore dell’Esercito serbo
Visit of the Italian Chief of Defence
Italian Chief of Defense, General Enzo Vecciarelli, is in official visit to the Republic of Serbia, at the invitation of the Chief of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff, General Milan Mojsilović.
The aim of the visit is to discuss the current political and security situation in the region, exchange experiences from the engagement of the armed forces in combating Covid-19 pandemic and consider opportunities for further improvement of cooperation between the Serbian and the Italian Armed Forces.
During the meeting with the Serbian Armed Forces Chief of the General Staff, General Milan Mojsilović, the current security situation in the region and bilateral military cooperation were discussed, with an emphasis on joint deployment in the UN peacekeeping operation in Lebanon and joint training and exercise activities. Special attention was given to the impact of KFOR on the security of the Western Balkans and the importance of the Italian contingent within KFOR for the preservation of peace and security in Kosovo and Metohija and the protection of the Serbian national, cultural, historical and religious heritage.
It was assessed that the bilateral military cooperation was intensive and meaningful and that it was characterized by constant quantitative and qualitative improvement. It was pointed out that joint activities gave a special quality to cooperation, because they contributed to the development of trust and the improvement of overall relations and affected the raising of the level of interoperability and operational capabilities of both parties.
During his stay in the Republic of Serbia, General Vecciarelli was received by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, PhD Nebojša Stefanović.