Shekerinska-Akar met in Istanbul and signed the agreement on military-financial cooperation that will improve the capacities of the Army
Today in Istanbul, Minister Radmila Shekerinska and the Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar signed a five-year agreement on military-financial cooperation and a protocol for its implementation – backed by the governments of the two countries.
The agreement envisages a phased allocation of funds on an annual basis which will be used by us to modernize the army capacities and strengthen the combat readiness.
“North Macedonia and Turkey are not only strategic partners but also friends who highly respect each other and have cooperated for nearly three decades, without a single stain in their relations”, said Minister Shekerinska. “The agreement on military-financial cooperation is another confirmation of the friendship and cooperation strengthened with NATO, and will be of great help in advancing the standards and combat readiness of the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia as the 30th NATO member”, she added.
Minister Akar expressed his satisfaction with the signing of the Agreement and said that he expects a fast and successful implementation.
The two ministers addressed the climate crisis, the situation with the fires in both countries, and the floods in Turkey that claimed human lives, and expressed regret over the damage, stressing the importance of climate change and the need to find solutions to mitigate the consequences.
Shekerinska emphasized the high commitment of our Army in extinguishing the fires to the Turkish Minister. “Such natural disasters, which have affected almost the entire region, are already growing into a security issue to which we need to adjust our defence policies and find sustainable solutions”, said the minister.
The Republic of Turkey has been a valued partner and friend of North Macedonia since its independence. The two countries jointly participated in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
Within the SEDM initiative, North Macedonia and Turkey also cooperate in the South Eastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG), which is currently hosted by our country.