Defence Secretary Wallace: It is in the interest of the United Kingdom for Serbia to be strong and successful
The UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace’s address:
“It is in the interest of the United Kingdom for Serbia to be strong and successful and there is no doubt that it is in Serbia's interest to have partners on various sides. I think we share a lot of common values that we can work towards together. We have many common defence interests that we can develop. Serbia will join the UK in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus. It is our common mission to ensure that both our nations are safe and secure and that they become stronger.
I am looking forward to fulfilling everything we signed today so that it is not just a piece of paper, but a relationship that is being built, which, in my opinion, will last in a world that is increasingly restless and insecure. And that is exactly where you need to have a friend, and Britain and Serbia intend to build a strong friendship in this part of the world and make sure it grows stronger.
That is why I am satisfied with signing the Arrangement. Even before Minister Stefanović became the Minister of Defence and before I was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, we both worked in the field of security and fight against terrorism in the ministries of the interior. I think that this long-lasting relationship makes our citizens safer and I expect that we will build stronger cooperation on that basis.
Thank you very much!“