BRUSSELS – Serbia is militarily neutral but it wants to continue the cooperation with NATO because, without it, there will be no regional peace and stability, which are a precondition for Serbia’s progress and economic growth, PM Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday.

After a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters, he thanked Stoltenberg for respecting the decision of Serbia and its parliament to keep the country militarily neutral.

He also thanked Stoltenberg for expressing regret over the loss of innocent lives in NATO’s 1999 bombing campaign, which he said was an important thing for “the Serbs, the nation and the country,” to hear.

Vucic said he and Stoltenberg had discussed all crucial issues – the fight against terrorism, the migrant crisis and Serbia’s participation in peacekeeping operations.