Italian Ambassador visits NATO Liaison Office Skopje
On 24 April 2014, the Italian Ambassador in Skopje, HE Ernesto Massimino Bellelli, accompanied by the Italian Defece Attachè in Skopje, Colonel Luciano Palcani, visited the premises of NLO-Sk, and met with the Chief, Colonel Alexandar Alexandrov, and members of the NATO Advisory Team. During the meeting, the visitors were familiarized with the structure, terms of reference, main activities, and contributions, of the Office.
In the course of the discussion, Colonel Alexandrov underlined the importance of professionalization in the HN Armed Forces, which represents the base of modernization, and a pillar of the process to join NATO. He also emphasized the importance of prioritization and rationalization in the drafting of the Long Term Defense Development Plan 2014-2023.
Mr. Bellelli expressed his gratitude for the invitation, and was interested to hear about the HN defence budget and modernization of the Armed Forces. He also discussed the involvement of the HN in NATO military exercises and the role of NATO countries in supporting the HN. Colonel Alexandrov underlined that important steps were done by the HN towards the integration in the Euro Atlantic Organization and he emphasized the key role of the Italian Ambassador and the Italian Defence Attache’ in the bilateral talks.
Mr. Bellelli also proposed to investigate whether there are rooms to celebrate a yearly NATO memorial for those who served under NATO flag and lost their lives in the country. Colonel Alexandrov agreed with that proposal and promised to work in this direction.
The meeting closed with the mutual insurance to improve the already excellent relations and cooperation between Italian Embassy and Defence Attache’ and the NLO-Sk.