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U.S. general visits Serbia-Montenegro to boost military cooperation

Visiting U.S. air force general Charles Wald met on Tuesday with Serbia-Montenegro military officials in a bid to boost military cooperation between the two nations.

Wald, the deputy commander of the U.S. European Command, discussed the course of four bilateral military agreements with Serbia-Montenegro's Defense Minister Zoran Stankovic.

"General Wald's visit is an opportunity to brief him about our activities and to make even richer our growing cooperation," Stankovic told a press conference.

The first military agreement to be signed in the near future will strengthen cooperation on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction and the promotion of defense and military relations. Another three are in the phase of preparation.

Wald, the first U.S. four-star general to visit Belgrade in the past six years, said he had seen dramatic changes in the world on the strategic level and the meeting with Stankovic was "a recognition of the changes."

His visit to Belgrade is the first contact with Serbia-Montenegro on military relations, Wald added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Wald met Serbia-Montenegro chief of general staff, General Ljubisa Jokic. They discussed the reorganization of the Balkan country's army and accession of its armed forces to the Euro-Atlantic integration process.

On Monday, Wald visited the Serbian breakaway province of Kosovo, where some 1,800 U.S. soldiers are deployed as part of the NATO-led peacekeeping force.

Week before Chinese military delegation donated a military equipement.

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