Deputy Minister Hasani at the US-Adriatic Charter Defence Ministerial

Deputy Defence Minister Bashkim Hasani, together with ministers and heads of delegations from the US-Adriatic Charter (A-5) initiative member states, i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United States and delegations from observer countries: Kosovo, Slovenia and Serbia participate in the regular meeting of the A-5 initiative held in Split, the Republic of Croatia.

At the meeting, Deputy Minister Hasani stressed the need to continue on the path of regional cooperation, as a way to international security and stability. He added that activities within the initiative such as joint exercises and trainings, building joint mechanisms and tools to prevent and deal with security challenges and threats such as cyberattacks, hybrid warfare, disinformation management and climate change will contribute to building resilience in our societies.

Hasani stressed that this initiative is an excellent tool for successful Euro-Atlantic integration, and our NATO membership and cooperation with partners in the region further contributed to strengthening the defence capabilities of our societies. He stressed that North Macedonia supports the open door policy for all aspiring countries that share Euro-Atlantic values and reaffirmed North Macedonia’s support for Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Deputy Minister Hasani had a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kosovo, Armend Mehaj.

During the meeting, current security challenges were discussed as an impetus for enhanced defence co-operation, further mutual co-operation in the post-COVID-19 pandemic and dealing with hybrid threats. Moreover, the interlocutors also discussed opportunities for future joint participation in international NATO-led missions and operations, the promotion of the open door policy, as well as the future of the Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries of the Western Balkans.

The US-Adriatic Charter Initiative was established with the signing of the US-Albania, Croatia and Macedonia Partnership Charter in Tirana in 2003. In 2009, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the initiative, giving the initiative the A-5 format.

The aim of the initiative is joint and coordinated activities for faster fulfilment of NATO criteria and standards, promotion of cooperation in SEE and development of events aimed at building peace, democracy, stability and prosperity in the Region. The activities of the initiative are aimed at strengthening mutual cooperation, enhancing defence capabilities and capacities, joint participation in exercises and trainings, NATO operations and missions, cooperation between regional training centers, as well as promoting the open door policy in A-5 for observer countries and other countries in the region with a Euro-Atlantic orientation whose aim is becoming members in the NATO Alliance.

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