Shekerinska-Tonin: defense co-operation gains new momentum as NATO allies

Minister of Defense Radmila Shekerinska met today in the premises of the Ministry of Defense with her Slovenian counterpart, Matej Tonin, who is in an official visit to our country as part of the state visit of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.

Minister Shekerinska expressed her gratitude for the support of the Republic of Slovenia on our path to NATO and her confidence that the cooperation in defense between the two countries will gain new momentum within the Alliance.

“Slovenia’s strong support in NATO and the EU was a strong motivation to step up our efforts to achieve our strategic goals. ” You will always have an interlocutor in me, in my capacity as Minister of Defense, as well as a partner for cooperation in the field of training and joint missions,” Minister Shekerinska said.

Her Slovenian counterpart, Tonin, congratulated the successes achieved by the Republic of North Macedonia with its accession to NATO and the opening of the path to the EU and invited the Minister to pay a return visit to Ljubljana.

The two Ministers discussed possibilities for closer co-operation within the Balkan Medical Task Force and for pooling resources for participation in international missions.

North Macedonia and Slovenia, both as partners and now as allies in the Alliance, have excellent defense cooperation. Bilateral defense cooperation started in 1994, and since 2004 the annual Defense Cooperation Plans have been implemented every year, including a number of activities in the field of education, military intelligence, air defense, logistics and public procurement and planning processes. of the Alliance. Intensive bilateral cooperation is also reflected in the field of regional cooperation, especially in relation to the Cooperation Initiative of the SEE Defense Ministers and the Balkan Medical Task Force.