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    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "reiterated" Washington's "commitment" to deepening friendship with Serbia - a country that NATO was ruthlessly bombing in 1999.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States stands committed to cooperation with Serbia to ensure stability and prosperity in the Balkans, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement on Monday.

    "On this important occasion, we reiterate our commitment to further deepen the friendship between the United States and Serbia," the statement, in honor of Serbia’s national day, said.

    The statement stressed the long history of friendship and cooperation between the two nations and Serbia’s efforts to promote economic reform, rule of law and improve relations in the region.

    "By working together we can foster peace and prosperity throughout the Balkans," the statement said.

    The statement came amid renewed tensions between Serbia and the breakaway region of Kosovo, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008. Serbia is not among the 100 UN member states that recognize Kosovo's independence.

    In 1999, NATO mercilessly bombed Serbia which was a part of Yugoslavia.

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