Minister Mehaj met with the Croatian Minister of Defense, Mario Banozic

The Minister of Defense, Armend Mehaj, during his visit to Croatia, met with the Croatian Minister of Defense, Mario Banozic. The latter thanked Minister Mehaj for accepting the invitation to participate in the well-known fair, ASDA 2021, in the city of Split, Croatia. Present at the meeting was also the Minister of Internal Affairs, Xhelal Sveçla. They discussed about the potential of future technical-military cooperation between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Croatia. The interlocutors also reiterated the importance of the strategic dialogue between the two countries in the context of the common interest in the stability of Southeast Europe. Among other things, Minister Mehaj and Croatian Minister Banozic agreed on the implementation of the agreement in the field of military procurement \”State to State\”, for the possibility of participating in joint peacekeeping operations, as well as the new Memorandum of Understanding between the two ministries of defense, which is expected to be signed soon in Pristina. During this meeting, Minister Mehaj highly valued the role and great contribution of the Croatian contingent within KFOR. Also, Minister Mehaj and Minister of Internal Affairs, Xhelal Sveçla informed Minister Banozic on the current political and security situation in Kosovo, especially the recent events in the north of Kosovo. Regarding the multilateral cooperation and given that the Republic of Croatia leads the Regional Initiative, the US-Adriatic Charter (A5) and the Central European Defense Cooperation this year, Minister Mehaj received an invitation from Minister Banozic to participate in future meetings at the level of defense ministers of both initiatives. \”The Republic of Croatia is a strong regional partner with whom we will travel together in a secure development perspective in the field of security and defense\”, stressed on this occasion Minister Armend Mehaj.

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