The Minister of Defense, Niko Peleshi, spoke from the rostrum of the Assembly on the growing cooperation with the US regarding security in the country. Peleshi stated that the cooperation with the USA has had its impact on all sectors with cooperation projects, support, equipment, education, training, and even joint exercises, such as "Defender 21".
According to him, the good news is that Albania is well on its way to being the host country in other exercises as well.
"I'm proud and I say with all my heart that cooperation with American equipment is present in our armed forces, such as radio communications, drones. Continuing with the naval force, we aim to create the cybernetic center. We will hear the latter more and more in the field of security. We still have a lot of work to do.
The Ministry of Defense has passed to another phase of cooperation with the US, where we are already talking about joint projects with our strategic partner. The case of buying black hawk helicopters is one such example. We want to extend the cooperation in the field of procurement, using special structures and agencies. I would also like to dwell on the excellent cooperation with the state of New Jersey.
The cooperation will continue in the fire services, for the exchange of universities, assistance for the military medical service, the fight against trafficking, etc. Finally, during the August fires we had US support with a group of experts, which helped us to be more efficient. In December of this year we have a very important event, we have the US-Albania consultative meeting, where we will have the opportunity to strengthen cooperation.
We have the ambition to turn the Academy of the Armed Forces into an institution that prepares leaders in society. That student community, which just started last year, is a model that we need to bring closer to the general public to serve as an example of discipline, education and work.
Every student who studies at the Armed Forces Academy not only does not pay, but we provide fees to be dignified. The ambition for the restructuring of our academy is not simply remodeling according to a champion model, but also regionalization. We want the courses to be taught in English, in order to serve further than our country ", said Peleshi.