Skopje Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska was in Constantinople yesterday to sign a five-year military and economic co-operation agreement with her Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar.
The agreement envisions a gradual allocation of funds on an annual basis, which will be used by Skopje to modernize its military capabilities and increase war readiness.
“North Macedonia and Turkey are not only strategic partners but also friends who respect each other and work together for almost three decades, without any flaws in their relations,” the Skopje minister said.
“The military-economic co-operation agreement is another confirmation of the friendship and enhanced co-operation with NATO and will make a significant contribution to promoting the standards and readiness of the Skopje Armed forces as a 30th member of NATO,” he added.
For his part, Hulusi Akar said he expects the agreement to be implemented quickly and successfully.