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Release No: NR-051-14
January 27, 2014

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting With Serbian Minister of Defense Nebojsa Rodic

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Serbia's Minister of Defense Nebojsa Rodic today at the Pentagon, where they discussed opportunities for broadening defense cooperation between the two countries.

"Secretary Hagel was pleased to join Minister Rodic in signing a General Security of Military Information Agreement, which will ensure protection of military information and enable further military-to-military cooperation. 

"Secretary Hagel welcomed Serbia's contribution to peacekeeping efforts and its leadership on the Balkans Medical Task Force.  Serbia's decision to host bilateral and multinational exercises further demonstrates our growing defense relationship.

"Finally, the leaders discussed regional security concerns in the Balkans, and ways to build upon the positive momentum of the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue.  Secretary Hagel praised the progress Serbia and Kosovo have made in normalizing relations, and highlighted the positive influence Minister Rodic has had in securing regional cooperation."