Indonesia maintains principled stand on Kosovo issue

BELGRADE - Serbian Defence Minister Nebojsa Rodic conferred with Indonesian Ambassador in Serbia Samuel Samson on Tuesday and expressed gratitude for Indonesia's principled support to the fight for protection Serbia's legitimate interests over the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo.

During the meeting, the officials said that Serbia's EU membership is the country's main goal in terms of foreign policy but it will not affect Serbia's wish to realise cooperation with friendly countries in the East and the West on grounds of partnership and respect, the Defence Ministry said.

The two countries' cooperation is based on mutual respect ever since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1954, which later developed further though the exceptionally positive cooperation within the Non-Aligned Movement up to this day, states the release.

The officials agreed that the two countries' relations have improved considerably as supported by the recently concluded Tourism Fair hosted by Serbia and Indonesia together.

During the meeting, Rodic and Samson said that cooperation in the defence sector can be further improved, especially since the Agreement on cooperation in the defence sector signed in September 2011 has created the legal framework and conditions for development and intensification of cooperation.

The focus of cooperation in the defence sector will be realised through enhancement of military-medical, military-educational and military-economic cooperation, as well as the cooperation in the fight against terrorism and exchange of experience on participation in peace-keeping missions.

Photo Tanjug, S. Radovanovic (Archive)

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