In his first working visit to Kragujevac, the assigned Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States of America Mr. John Ginkle, met with the Mayor Nikola Dasic. At the reception, which was attended by Miljan Bjeletić, a member of the City Council for Culture, and Philip Beekman Public Affairs Counselor; partnership relations between our two countries was discussed, as well as new forms of cooperation.

We share more than a century of alliance and friendship established during the Great War, so it is a great pleasure to remind of the relations that Serbia and the United States have been building since long times ago, stressed the Mayor Nikola Dasic. This especially refers to the President Woodrow Wilson, who heard about the struggle of the Serbian people, their suffering and the heroism of the Serbian army from his friend, our then ambassador Mihailo Pupin. Today, we talked about the cooperation we had, but also about the cooperation that is being realized in the cultural field, cooperation with the University, as well as the American Corner, opened in Kragujevac back in 2005.

I am honored and happy to be in Kragujevac today, said John Ginkle. This is my first visit and during the meeting with the Mayor Dasic, special emphasis was on the partnership and alliance of our two countries, our two peoples, especially in the context of the Operation Halyard from the Second World War. I am here to contribute to the ceremonial opening of the exhibition “Forgotten History”, Ginkle pointed out and invited all citizens of Kragujevac to visit it and find out more about our then alliance. The history of our cooperation did not stop there. It continues today, and one of the examples is the cooperation of the City of Kragujevac with the USAID that financially supported number of projects here while our cooperation is mainly focused on the field of education, and we also assist in learning English.

After the reception organized in the City Hall building, Chief of Mission Mr. John Ginkle, and Mayor Nikola Dasic with his associates visited the Old Assembly building – one of the most significant cultural monuments in this part of Serbia, and then attended the opening of the exhibition “Forgotten History” of the Halyard Foundation at the Old Manufacturing of Firearms Museum.
The exhibition on positive examples of Serbian-American history and the engagement of the American Red Cross in helping the Serbian people during the First World War will be open until December 15.