Meeting of Prime Minister Zaev and Minister Shekerinska with five returned staff officers from Afghanistan: You are the pride of the country and a desirable partner in international missions

The Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, and the Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, met with a group of officers who returned from the “Resolute Support” mission in Afghanistan.

At the meeting, which was also attended by Deputy Defence Minister Bashkim Hasani, Prime Minister Zaev expressed appreciation and congratulations, personally and on behalf of the Government, to the officers on the successfully carried out mission.

Prime Minister Zaev stressed that the members of our Army are the pride of the country and with their high professionalism are a desirable partner in international missions.

“We are now a NATO member. And as an equal partner we share responsibly in the contribution to world peace. You represent our country in the best possible light, which is extremely important”, stressed Prime Minister Zaev.

At the meeting, the Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, stressed that our country gives significant contribution with the participation in international missions and has thus far deployed over 4,000 soldiers.

“I am pleased that our officers have successfully completed the mission. This is a huge experience for our officers. These missions profile our best professionals”, said Minister Shekerinska.

The staff officers, who returned from Mazār-e Sharīf, and were deployed within the Train Advise Assist Command – North, emphasized that our soldiers and officers are a valued and trusted partner in international missions.

On the meeting the delight of the significantly improved conditions in the Army were expressed, where the support of the Government was noted for improving the material conditions, status and dignity of soldiers and officers.

At the same time, it was emphasized that the commitment remains for further participation in the existing and new international missions.

Our peacekeepers completed their participation in the Command – North in Afghanistan, they returned the Macedonian flag home and presented it to the Prime Minister.

The Republic of North Macedonia started its contribution with staff officers in the  Train Advise Assist Command – North 6 years ago and has participated with 13 six-month rotations.

The participation of Army members in the Resolute Support Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, continues until its completion.