source: SME

Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina on official visit to Serbia and Republic of Montenegro.

“More cooperation between Italian and Serbian and Montenegrin Land Forces”.

​The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina, visited Serbia and Montenegro in recent days. Lieutenant General Milosav Simovic, Serbian Army Chief of Staff, welcomed general Farina in Belgrade, and visited with him the 3rd Land Forces Brigade and the Artillery Brigade in Niš. After that, the meeting with the Serbian Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Milan Mojsilovic, focused on the safety in the Balkans and on the valuable contribution from NATO KFOR Mission and the Italian leadership.

The visit to Serbia continued with the laying of a wreath to the Italian Fallen of the First World War, whose remains rest at the Italian Military Cemetery in the Serbian Capital. This first stage of the official visit ended with the meeting between General Farina and His Excellency the Italian Ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio.

Then, the Chief of Staff went to Montenegro where, in Podgorica, met His Excellency the Italian Ambassador Luca Zelioli. In Montenegro’s Capital, General Farina, with Brigadier General Dracutin Dakic, Montenegrin Armed Forces Chief of Staff, paid a visit to the Defence General Staff, and attended an exhibition of Montenegrin Infantry units’ operational capability, with a view to affiliate one of them with an Italian unit, also of relevance for NATO capacity package readiness. At the end of the meetings, the Chief of Staff expressed word of appreciation for the committed relationship between Serbian, Montenegrin and Italian Army, highlighting the point of friendship and cooperation in place and confirming the willingness to increase joint training in the future, in order to make more the armies interoperable.