Minister of Defence P. Gajdoš meets NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Scaparrotti

Slovakian Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) U.S. Army General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, who concurrently acts as Commander of U.S. European Command, are in agreement that Slovakia is an active member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). During his first official visit to Slovakia, General Scaparrotti paid an office call to Minister Gajdoš at MOD Main Building, to discuss politico-military topics of current relevance, NATO areas of cooperation, and the commitments arising out of NATO membership.

In this context, Minister Gajdoš said:“The security environment is constantly changing. As a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, Slovakia perceives this reality and actively contributes to and supports the activities that strengthen the defence and security of Europe and the world as such.”  He added that with the drafting of the MODʼs strategic documents, such as the Long-Term Defence Development Plan with an Outlook to 2030, the Slovak Republic has confirmed its systematic approach to national security and defence, whilst at the same time trying to step up its contributions to NATOʼs collective defence and international defence and security collaboration. The leaders also touched on NATO-EU cooperation, the modernisation of the SVK Armed Forces, and the building of infrastructure in support of Allied interoperability.

During the meeting, Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš updated General Scaparrotti on the 2018 MOD tasks and priorities in relation to the Slovakian contribution to NATOʼs ongoing initiatives. In this connection, the Minister informed the General of the SVK Armed Forcesʼ activities in support of the NATO Training and Capacity Building Activity in Iraq (NTCB-I) in the fields of demining as well as maintenance and repairs of Soviet-era equipment in an attempt to channel Slovakiaʼs efforts into the international coalitionʼs fight against terrorism.

Head of the MOD, in the presence of Major General Courtney Carr, the Adjutant General of Indiana, praised the long-term cooperation with the Indiana National Guard, especially in the fields of joint exercises, training and education, with much of the current focus on SVK pilots and ground personnel being instructed in the operation of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Minister underscored that Slovakia is preparing its troops for the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) deployment to Latvia, scheduled for the second half of 2018.

The visit of General Curtis M. Scaparrotti to Slovakia coincides with the Central European Chiefs of Defence Conference, which is being held these days in Bratislava.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Ivan Kelement - Date: 29.01.2018
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