Minister P. Gajdoš meets with British Ambassador A. Garth

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The SVK-UK bilateral cooperation in the field of defence is grounded in a longstanding tradition and Slovakia and Britain have a very good relationship. This was agreed by Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš and Her Majestyʼs Ambassador to Slovakia, His Excellency Mr Andrew Garth, during their meeting at MOD Main Building. Topics of discussion included joint activities that enable both countries to advance their politico-military engagement at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
 
“Education and training are a vital element of mutual cooperation. The experience and expertise SVK personnel acquire as part of the activities form an important part of their overall training,” said Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš. In this regard, he praised the UKʼs support to joint training, including the regular RAF and SVK AF exercise involving British Hawk jets in Slovakia. The SVK Armed Forces would like to welcome UK military observes to this yearʼs Exercise Slovak Shield and Exercise Toxic Valley (CBRN).
 
At the meeting, Minister Gajdoš updated the UK Ambassador on the MODʼs strategic documents and current modernisation projects. He also appreciated the recent visit to the SVK MOD of the former UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, who was elected Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC) and is to take over from General Petr Pavel this year. Also discussed was the scheduled V4 + UK meeting, with the agenda featuring, among other things, Reserve Forces.
 
At the conclusion of the meeting, Head of the SVK MOD informed Ambassador Garth of the final farewell ceremony for the deceased Maj Gen (Rtd) Ivan Otto Schwarz, ex-airman of the Czechoslovak Air Force in the service of the RAF during WWII, which will be held this Friday (2 February) in the UK and will be attended by a SVK delegation led by SVK Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Ivan Kelement - Date: 30.01.2018
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