Shekerinska and Apostolakis signed an Agreement on Defence Cooperation – we are building a strategic partnership

Today, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia, Radmila Shekerinska, had a bilateral meeting with the Minister of National Defence, Evangelos Apostolakis, a member of the high-level Greek delegation, headed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, paying an official visit to our country.

Minister Shekerinska and Minister Apostolakis signed a new comprehensive Agreement on Defence Cooperation, 20 years after the signing of the first agreement on cooperation of this type.

“Today we are witnessing a huge step forward in strengthening the defence cooperation between North Macedonia and Greece. The initiative for signing the Agreement ensued from our first ministerial meeting on 13 February in Brussels. From our first meeting, we speak with equal dedication to intensify defence cooperation in its very essence, to show that the alliance with NATO toward which the Prespa Agreement is taking us is solely in the interest of the citizens of both our countries. The Defence Cooperation Agreement shows our commitment to cooperation” the Minister said at the meeting of the two delegations.

Minister Apostolakis stressed that today’s visit to our country as part of the Greek official delegation headed by Prime Minister Tsipras embossed the strong will to step up and expand the bilateral co-operation and raise it to the level of strategic defence partnership. He said the two countries sent a message of reconciliation and cooperation.
“The Agreement on Defence Cooperation we have signed is a clear proof of our strong intention to open a new era in the bilateral defence cooperation between the two armies,” Apostolakis said, adding that he and Minister Shekerinska are equally determined to ensure that this cooperation yields results as soon as possible.

The agreement defines areas of cooperation of mutual interest – strategic dialogue, defence policy and doctrines, development of defence capabilities, defence planning, logistics, military medicine, military education …

Ministers Shekerinska and Apostolakis concluded that today’s meeting and the new Agreement on Defence Cooperation are an exceptional opportunity for a new strategic cooperation on a bilateral and regional plan, but also as allies within the NATO Alliance.

During the visit, Ministers Shekerinska and Apostolakis visited the military bands of the two countries preparing for a joint concert of 5 armies, to be held as part of the celebration marking NATO Week in Skopje.