24. May 2017

"Serbia doesn't want to join NATO, or any other alliance"

Ivica Dacic on Tuesday organized a reception for a delegation of the National Defense College of Nigeria. The delegation is on a geo-strategic world study tour. Addressing the gathering, the Serbian foreign minister said that "relations with Africa occupy a very important place in the context of Serbia's foreign policy priorities - Serbia, as one of the main successor states of the former Yugoslavia, is trying to achieve a strategic partnership and cooperation with African countries." According to the Serbian government, Dacic said that Serbia highly appreciates the position of Nigeria regarding the non-recognition of “Kosovo," and underlined and expressed his hope that Nigeria will continue to support Serbia’s positions on Kosovo and Metohija, especially in terms of “Kosovo” efforts towards membership in international organizations, primarily in UNESCO. One of the strategic goals of Serbia, Dacic added, is full membership in the EU and in this regard we support the European aspirations of our neighbors, and we believe that the European process is the best way to overcome issues of the past and that the whole region becomes a member of the European family of nations and peoples. In military-security terms, Serbia is committed to a policy of military neutrality and has no aspirations to become a member of NATO or any other military organization in the world, he concluded. @b92

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