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Serbia and South Africa to advance defense cooperation

5 December 2017

South African Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula visited Belgrade where she met separately with her Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vulin, as well as Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

In the talks, both sides noted a high level of bilateral relations, dating back to the times of anti-colonial struggle and the Non-Aligned Movement, expressing readiness for their further solidification.

Ministers Ivica Dacic of Serbia and Nosivive Mapisa-Nqakula of South Africa

Vulin told Mapisa-Nqakula that the two countries have a lot of opportunities to cooperate in the area of defense. Vulin said South Africa has one of the biggest defense industries in the world and that the cooperation can be expanded in this area so that Serbian products can reach the markets of the African continent.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the meeting confirmed the good cooperation between the two countries despite their distance.

"It is the high time to establish the legal framework for full military cooperation, with one of the opportunities being the education at the Military Academy in Belgrade, which is among the best of its kind," she said.

The interlocutors also expressed interest in exchanging high- and top-level visits, and interest in cooperation in numerous areas.

They agreed that it was necessary to upgrade the contractual basis in all areas of common interest, especially in relation to the relaxation of the visa regime.

Views were exchanged about regional issues and the need for joint action at the multilateral level and for cooperation within the framework of international organizations.

The Serbian Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Republic of Serbia for the firm position of the Republic of South Africa regarding the respect of international law and territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia, in relation to Kosovo and Metohija.

Embassy of Serbia in South Africa




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