Muammar Gaddafi built a strong diplomatic relationship with Yugoslavia and then maintained it with Serbia.
One of the more important connections was the arms trade, first between the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Libya, and then continuing with Serbia after the breakup of Yugoslavia. Several aircraft of the Libyan Jamahiriyan Air Force which were captured or used to defend Gaddafi-loyalists were made by Yugoslav aircraft-manufacturer SOKO in present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. Muammar Gaddafi maintained strong diplomatic with Serbia after Yugoslavia broke up in 1991-1995. Public opinion in Serbia has been cited to be supportive of the Muammar Gaddafi regime.
Libyan civil war
On August 25, 2011, Serbia officially recognized the National Transitional Council as the ruling government in Libya. However, the relations with the transitional government were strained from the very beginning of the Libyan Civil War when five Serbs were captured by Anti-Gaddafi rebels under the suspicion that they fought as mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi. As of April 2012 all five still remained in detainment in Libya. Libya al Youm then reported that more mercenaries had been flown in from Banja Luka. The Serbian minister of defence, Dragan Sutanovac, denied reports that Serbian warplanes had bombed anti-Qaddafi protestors.
- B92 - Zastava pobunjenika na ambasadi (Serbian) - August 23, 2011
- Kurir - Serbian Embassy has no information of captured Serbs (Serbian) - August 25, 2011
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- LSE London School of Economics and Political Sciences - New meaning for an old relationship: Serbia's arms deals during Gaddafi's reign - December 20, 2011
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- Alo! Zatoceni Srbi zivi i zdravi - March 28, 2012
- B92 - March 31, 2011 - Jos bez optuznice za uhapsene Srbe
- "نقلا عن راديو BIR أن طائرات تنطلق من مطار بنيالوكا بجمهورية صرب البوسنة تنقل مرتزقة صرب للمشاركة في قمع المتظاهرين في ليبيا.". Libya al Youm. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "22 FEB 11 / 18:12:41 Belgrade Denies Serbian Planes Bombed Libya Protesters". Balkan Insight. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Libya
- Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Serbian embassy in Tripoli
- Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Libya embassy in Belgrade