Slovenia and North Macedonia Forge New Defense Agreement
The existing agreement from 1994 between Slovenia and North Macedonia is set for a replacement, taking a fresh approach towards their mutual cooperation. Slovenian Defence Minister Marjan Šarec, emphasized the significant contributions of both countries to allied deterrence and defense. Moreover, he acknowledged how they have helped improve the readiness and connectivity of their armed forces, demonstrating a strong sense of regional cooperation. He cited the cooperation between the two countries in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) mission in Latvia as a notable success story.
Investing in Medical Infrastructure
Šarec and his host also visited the Balkan Medical Task Force (BMTF) facilities, where they highlighted the progress made under the European Peace Facility (EPF). North Macedonia initiated a capacity-building measure for medical forces, and Slovenia has contributed significantly, providing six million euros through the EPF. This funding was used for the purchase of various equipment for the BMTF, including medical devices, mobile hospital equipment, and vehicles.
Establishment of a Regional Logistics Center
During the visit, the establishment of a regional logistics center for the maintenance of JLTV 4×4 vehicles in Slovenia was also discussed. Šarec confirmed that a contract between the manufacturer and the contractor would soon be signed, providing for the maintenance, supply of spare parts, and training for the vehicles in all three countries where they are used – North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Slovenia.
Joint Training and Simulation Centers
There has been a shared initiative for joint training and the development of simulation-training centers for users of JLTV 4×4 vehicles. These would be interconnected, allowing for joint remote training. This initiative showcases the countries’ commitment to enhancing their military and security capabilities.
Shared Gratitude and Support
In a gesture of gratitude, Šarec thanked North Macedonia for its assistance to Slovenia following the devastating floods in August. The visit served as a reminder of the countries’ shared responsibilities and mutual support in times of crisis.
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