Skopje, October 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
FYROM’s Minister of Defence, Zoran Jolevski declared today in Skopje, after his visit to Serbia, that the country is open to collaborate with the Serb army and that he was impressed with the capacities of the army of the neighboring country. During the weekend, Jolevski stayed in Belgrade, where he was received by the Serb counterpart, Bratislav Gasic.
“As minister of Defence, I was happy to hold a visit to Serbia immediately after I had a telephone conversation with my dear colleague, Gasic. I’ve been in this post for four months and this is our fourth meeting, which clearly shows our determination to push forward cooperation between ministries and armies of our countries. Macedonia and Serbia are two neighboring countries which have an extraordinary friendship and which cooperate in all domains, including the domain of defence. These relations are also strengthened by the close relations between the citizens of Macedonia and Serbia, which have mutual respect. For us, what’s important is the process of education and training, that my colleague mentions and which is the foundations for the strength of every army. I had the possibility to know more about the capacities of the Serb Military Academy and your Military Medical Academy, which are impressive. Our scope is for the Military Academy in Macedonia to create direct cooperation with these two institutions”, declared Jolevski.
The official visit of minister Jolevski is the first one during his mandate as minister of Defence. Up until four months ago, Jolevski was ambassador of the country to Washington, but also head negotiator of Skopje for the issue of the name dispute with Greece. /ibna/