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Release No: 954-12
December 07, 2012

Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Meeting with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vucic

            Press Secretary George Little provided the following statement:

            Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta hosted Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic at the Pentagon.  They discussed U.S.-Serbian bilateral defense cooperation, the progress of defense reform in Serbia, and building Serbia’s peacekeeping capacity.  Secretary Panetta thanked Minister Vucic for Serbia’s contributions to peace and security through the deployment of peacekeeping forces in places like Lebanon and Cyprus.  The two defense leaders also exchanged ideas on ways to deepen cooperation between the U.S. and Serbia.