Shekerinska – Canikli: Macedonia and Turkey are two friendly and brotherly countries that foster sincere cooperation and support

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, is paying an official visit to the Republic of Turkey. The visit was realized at the invitation of the Minister of National Defence of Turkey, Nurettin Canikli.

At the meeting with Minister Canikli, Minister Shekerinska stressed that Macedonia was working hard to become the 30th NATO member country. In addition, she expressed her gratitude for the continuous support of the Republic of Turkey.

“Turkey is the country that has permanently opened the doors for the Republic of Macedonia for NATO membership. On one hand, we have the significant political support from Turkey, and on the other hand which is also very important, is the support in the defence reforms and the modernization of the armed forces”, underlined Minister Shekerinska.

Furthermore, Shekerinska shared her expectations that in the coming months, during the Alliance meetings, Turkey will continue to support our country’s aspirations for NATO membership.

In the course of the meeting, Minister Canikli said that Macedonia was a brotherly and friendly country and that Turkey supports our aspirations for NATO membership.

“If there is no stability in the Balkans, there is no stability in Europe. And without European stability, there is no stability in the world. The Balkan stability is of great importance in global terms. Turkey will continue providing unwavering support to Macedonia in the defence reform process”, stated Canikli.

At the meeting, Minister Canikli informed that a group for support of the defence reforms in Macedonia has already been established, adding that that group will soon arrive in Macedonia, where it will assess the needs and ways in which Turkey will help Macedonia in the implementation of the defence reforms.

Minister Shekerinska underlined the Governments’s interest for cooperation with respect to the specialized defence industry in the Republic of Macedonia. In addition, according to the agreement reached during the meeting Turkish teams will visit the respective capacities in our country.

An official reception was held in Ankara in honour of Minister Shekerinska. The Macedonian delegation visited the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, several Turkish military production facilities, as well as the Defence Industry Undersecretariat.

The visit to Turkey will continue with the meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.