“First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic received on Tuesday the civilian part of a delegation of the Ohio National Guard.

They are visiting Serbia September 3-9 as part of a military-civilian delegation.

The civilian part of the delegation was led by Mayor of South Euclid Georgine Welo, who is of Balkan descent, the Serbian government said on its website.

During the meeting, ‘mutual satisfaction was expressed over the visit of the mayor and representatives of the Ohio National Guard to Serbia, on the basis of a very successful military-military cooperation within a state partnership that has lasted over 11 years (established in 2006).'” (B92)


The Mayor of South Euclid, Ohio, spoke with (Foreign) Minister Dacic about expanding the partnership with the Ohio National Guard in in areas of defense, culture, and business. Mayor Welo is of Serbian descent and is a member of Saint Sava Church in Cleveland.

I’m pleased to introduce Major General Bartman (Ohio National Guard) in the Ministry of Defense to discuss cooperation between the Army of Serbia and the National Guard of Ohio. The State Partnership Program is a victory for Serbia and the USA.