Slovenia and Serbia have signed a bilateral agreement on defence cooperation.

The agreement was signed in Ljubljana on Tuesday by Slovenian Defence Minister Andreja Katic and Serbian Defence Minister Bratislav Gasic.

"We expect it to encourage cooperation between research and technological institutions and companies specialising in research and development of arms and other equipment," Katic said after the signing ceremony.

The two countries will continue cooperation in standardisation and codification, the exchange of experience and personnel training, and a special task force will be set up to deal with specific projects which the two countries would propose for funding by the European Defence Agency, she added.

Katic and Gasic described the bilateral defence cooperation as successful, citing regular meetings between the defence ministers and army chiefs of staff. They agreed that the cooperation could be further improved through joint exercises and training.

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