Shekerinska at Munich Security Conference, informal meetings with Esper, Karrenbauer, Parly

Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska, who is attending the 53rd Munich Security Conference yesterday and today, attended an informal Defense Ministers meeting organized by German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

At the meeting, Minister Shekerinska had the opportunity to meet and talk with fellow Ministers, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, German Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and French Minister Florence Parly. Talks focused on defense priorities and further cooperation and alliance. The Ministers congratulated Shekerinska on our NATO membership and expressed their readiness to intensify further co-operation.

On the sidelines of the Conference, Shekerinska had separate meetings with Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Glouk Konjufca, Parliamentary Secretary for Defense and Security Policy at the German Ministry of Defense, Peter Tauber, and General Curtis Scaparrotti, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of United States European Command, now in the capacity of a representative of the international Cohen Group that provides top-level defense and security expertise.

The talks focused on the new status of North Macedonia as a NATO member and the achieved progress and mutual defense cooperation.

At Munich Security Conference, Shekerinska also participated in the roundtable entitled “Disrupting Perceptions for Better Leadership”, which focused on the role of women in politics. Shekerinska emphasized that progress in gender equality should not be taken for granted and that continued commitment is needed. The Minister said that women in politics are often exposed to verbal, and even physical violence that threatens gender equality.

“When I first entered Parliament, I was only one of 7 women. I saw partiality because I was a woman, because I was young, and because I spoke openly. We now have a Parliament with about 40 percent women and if it were not for the quota system we introduced in 2002, this would never have been a reality” the Minister said.