BELGRADE – Italian Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli, the new chief of the NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade, who replaced Brig. Gen. Lucio Batta, has said that NATO remains ready to continue working with Serbia on items of common interest.
According to a release from the NATO office, Marinelli said “NATO and Serbia are engaged in many practical cooperation programs and the Alliance remains dedicated to deepening our relations in areas of common interest.”
“I am especially looking forward to continue working with the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) in further supporting their defense reform activities,” said Marinelli.
According to the release, the Change of Command ceremony was attended by Chief of Staff of the Joint Force Command Naples, Lieutenant General Leonardo di Marco, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Zoran Djordjevic, Deputy Chief of the VS General Staff, Lt. Gen. Jovica Draganic, members of the Serbian government and military, as well as diplomatic, media, and NGO representatives.