The Chief of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, General Andrej Bocev visits Ministry and General Staff, meeting Minister Shekerinska

The Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria, General Andrej Bocev, as part of his three-day official visit to the Republic of North Macedonia, paid a visit to the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of the Army today.

After being welcomed with high military honours, General Bocev met his host, Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Vasko Gjurchinovski, after which he met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska.
In the talks with Minister Shekerinska, the topic of conversation was the deepening of the cooperation in the training of medical forces, logistics, communications, public relations and pilot training.

Expressing her gratitude for the swift ratification of the Accession Protocol of our country to NATO, Minister Shekerinska referred to the successfully implemented “Decisive Strike” exercise involving the Republic of Bulgaria, and said such exercises reinforce interoperability between the armed forces and are an excellent example for regional and interstate cooperation.

During the meeting, General Gjurchinovski and Bocev discussed the ongoing military co-operation, particularly in conducting joint training between the military police units and special units and the joint participation in exercises.

General Gjurcinovski expressed his gratitude for the support to our integration process for attaining full-fledged membership in NATO, and the opportunity to train our officers in the highest military educational institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria, which together with the co-operation in the joint training and exercises is a good basis for upgrading and promoting the bilateral cooperation.

Bocev underlined that the cooperation between the two armies will be intensified in the coming period with even more exercises, the transfer of experience from NATO integration, as well as the area of military-technical cooperation.

During the meeting, a delegation from the Bulgarian Armed Forces familiarized themselves with the process of army transformation, participation in peace Operations and contribution to the migrant crisis, utilization of the TA Krivolak for exercise activities, and they also discussed opportunities and forms for further military co-operation between the two armies.

During the visit, the Chief of General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces will meet with the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, and will visit the Special Operations Regiment and the Military Medical Centre, where he will be introduced to their mission and tasks.

During the three-day stay, the senior military delegation will also have the opportunity to visit some of the cultural and historical monuments in the Republic of North Macedonia, and will attend the central ceremony on Sunday marking the Army Day at the Ohrid Water Training Centre.

The cooperation of the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia with the Army of the Republic of Bulgaria, this year alone, marked over thirty joint military activities, some of which were held in our country and some in the Republic of Bulgaria.