Shekerinska with an intensive agenda in NATO before the July Summit – a visit of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

Macedonia is a true partner of the Alliance and deserves to become an ally. NATO membership will be an acknowledgment of our efforts and will strengthen security in the region. This is the message that Minister Shekerinska will address today and tomorrow in Brussels to her colleagues – ministers from NATO member states, ahead of the Alliance’s July Summit.

Today, the Minister met with Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis, and tomorrow on the sidelines of the meeting of NATO’s North Atlantic Council, she will meet with several NATO defence ministers.

This afternoon in Mons, Shekerinska met with NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir James Everard.

At the meeting, the Minister noted that the Republic of Macedonia is firmly and unequivocally committed to achieving its goal – full membership in the Alliance, and that the Ministry of Defence and the Army of the Republic of Macedonia are focused on internal reforms.

“Macedonia is a true partner of the Alliance. Through the intensive cooperation with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, the Army of the Republic of Macedonia is building capacities that are fully compatible with the NATO Alliance”, the Minister said. She voiced hope that the next NATO summit will be a summit where the achievements of the country will also be valorised in the field of defence, but also in terms of democratization of society, freedom and independence of the media, good neighbourly relations. In terms of security and defence, the Minister pointed out that Macedonia, with increased participation in the “Resolute Support” mission in Afghanistan, continues to support NATO’s policies and efforts to establish peace, freedom and democracy on a global level.

Shekerinska noted that the close cooperation with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe is also visible through the recently organized Conference on Military Partnerships in Skopje, where 180 representatives of NATO and partner countries discussed Alliance operations and partners’ participation, the harmonization of partnership processes, education and training.

In Mons Minister Shekerinska will also visit the Joint Operational Centre of the Main Command, and will meet with the Deputy Chief of Staff of Military Partnerships Directorate, Major General Egil Pedersen.

Tomorrow, Shekerinska will also participate in a meeting of NATO defence ministers and defence ministers of the participating nations in the Resolute Support mission, chaired by NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.