NATO trusts Albania to organize the Defense Ministerial, thus appreciating the role that our country plays in stabilizing the region.
This will be the first time a defense ministry is organized in the Western Balkans, as meetings have been held in Belgium for more than 10 years. The defense ministers of the NATO member states approved at a meeting of the Atlantic Council in Brussels, the proposal of the defense minister, Olta Xhacka to hold the ministerial in Tirana in June.
“The Alliance’s decision to meet in Albania is not only a maximum appreciation for the security that our country conveys as a worthy ally, but also a strong NATO message for its attention to the Western Balkans and the strong role Albania plays in the stability of the region, ”the minister said at the conclusion of the Ministerial of Defense, held in Brussels on 12 and 13 February.
But, according to Minister Xhacka, “the important meeting that is expected to take place in June is at the same time the responsibility to be properly represented at the biggest event since our NATO membership 11 years ago. It is an undertaking that will also demonstrate our seriousness to be the center of defense and security in the world for 48 hours, in addition to the coordination between all institutions. ”
At the meeting of the Atlantic Council, Minister Xhacka thanked the allied countries that were close to the Albanian people in the early hours of November 26 and all those who continue to assist us in the most important phase of reconstruction. During the Brussels Ministerial, the Defense Minister met with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
For the United States of America, defense is the number one priority, while the US government and taxpayers are the main supporters of the Albanian Armed Forces.