The Croatian and Albanian Defense Ministers, Damir Krstičević and Olta Xhacka, respectively, signed a memorandum of mutual understanding that is expected to boost defense cooperation between the two countries.
The two ministers discussed the current security challenges in Southeast Europe and confirmed the traditionally good bilateral relations based on long-term friendship and cooperation.
Mr Krstičević emphasized the maritime studies program in Split, which was developed in the framework of a collaboration between the Franjo Tudjman Military Academy and the University of Split, pointing out that Albanian students of military schools can attend it during the period 2021-2022. He also noted that this year, Croatia and Albania complete ten years of membership in NATO, which – according to the Croatian defense minister – has contributed to the stability and security of both countries and the wider region.
For her part, Albania’s defense minister stressed that relations between the two countries are excellent and marked a security guarantee for Croatia and Albania joining NATO. She also thanked Croatia for its support to Albania in its European course and underlined the need to step up bilateral co-operation in the field of defense industry.