JFCNP Military Partnership Branch delegation takes part in Expert Staff Meeting in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
17 Dec 2015
SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia— Col Vincent Alexandre, Military Partnership Branch (MPB) Head, J9 division, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, led a delegation from JFC Naples' MPB to visit the Armed Forces of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Dec. 16.
The meeting was in the framework of an annual military cooperation Expert Staff Meeting (ESM). It aimed to enhance NATO's understanding of the Host Nation's military interests and partnership goals, while showcasing the various partnership opportunities available.
Discussions included a review of the cooperation program between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and NATO in 2015, Armed Forces' topics of interest, JFC Naples MPB's role in facilitating this partnership and a presentation on worthwhile cooperation program activities and exercises available to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2016. Col Alexandre stressed the benefits of JFCNP's Regional Exercise program, its Mobile Training Teams and shared Operational Capabilities Concept perspectives.
Meeting attendees noted that frankness and transparency characterized the exchanges and the quality of the discussions.
These ESMs enable the delegation of the MPB and its partners to openly discuss progress under various initiatives and to ensure that our partners were correctly supported by NATO through JFC Naples.
After the expert staff meeting, MPB delegation visited NATO Liaison Office Skopje and conducted a meeting regarding the recent current issues.
Story by JFC Naples J9, photos by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.