Skopje and Tirana boost cooperation in the domain of defense

Skopje and Tirana boost cooperation in the domain of defense

Skopje, January 22, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Military cooperation between Albania and FYR Macedonia and the support for NATO integration have been the topics of discussion in the meeting held today by the Minister of Defense of FYROM, Zoran Jolevski and the Albanian Minister of Defense, Mimi Kodheli, who is staying for a two day official visit to Skopje.

The two ministers also agreed on the joint fight against terrorism and every kind of other threat, but also in preserving democratic values.

Minister Jolevski said that his country is determined to become a NATO member and that in this aspect, it has Albania’s strong support.

“Our country has met all the criteria for NATO accession, but for reasons that we all know, we have not received the invitation. We will continue with our activities and to present our arguments that we must be a NATO member country. We believe that the invitation would improve security and stability in the Balkan”, declared minister Jolevski.

Minister Kodheli said that Albania supports the neighboring country in order for it to adhere the Alliance as soon as possible. “We want the name dispute with Greece to be solved as soon as possible, but we also want the Ohrid Agreement to be implemented”, said minister Kodheli.

The two ministers also warned the holding of a joint military training in the border that their countries share, but also a new chapter of cooperation in the domain of defense.

Kodheli and Jolevski also signed the Memorandum of Understanding for exchange of experts and professionals.

The Albanian Defense Minister also met with the president of the country, George Ivanov, where the two personalities discussed cooperation in the domain of defense and security. Ivanov has demanded Tirana’s support in the aspect of Euro Atlantic integration. Minister Kodheli is also expected to meet other government officials and she will visit the military academy. /ibna/