Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina committed to defence cooperation and Euro – Atlantic integration: meeting of Shekerinska with Ambassador Babic

Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have an excellent cooperation in bilateral and regional frames and at all levels – this was the conclusion of Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska and the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Macedonia, H.E. Lepa Babic at their meeting in the Ministry of Defence today.

At their meeting, Shekerinska expressed her gratitude for the confidence in sending BiH cadets for training for the needs of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Military Academy in the Republic of Macedonia, which has been continued for five years. The Minister added that the defence cooperation conducted through the use of the regional capacities available to the two Ministries of Defence and Armies is excellent and expressed readiness for its further intensification.

Ambassador Babic welcomed the good neighbourly policy of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and expressed her confidence that the friendly relations between the two countries will maintain the positive development trend and will get enriched with new contents of mutual interest on a bilateral, regional and multilateral level, especially from the aspect of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have cooperated in the defence field since 2006, when the Memorandum of Cooperation was signed. In the framework of this cooperation, 13 cadets from BiH are currently studying at the Macedonian Military Academy. The possibility for training at the Pilot Training Centre was opened as well, and to date, two groups of 9 members of the BiH Armed Forces each were trained on two occasions on a flight simulator for Mi-8/17 helicopters. The exchange of experts is also active in both NATO Centres in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Public Affairs Regional Centre and the Peace-Keeping Training Centre.