Minister Gajdoš meets U.S. Ambassador A. Sterling

SVK Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš met U.S. Ambassador His Excellency Mr Adam H. Sterling for a farewell meeting at the MOD today (24 June 2019), since his Diplomatic Service appointment as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic nears its end. They together looked back on the bilateral Defence cooperation between the countries and their engagement in international crisis management operations. Also, they commended the active involvement of both armed forces in joint exercises and education and training activities. They described the Government-to-Government (G2G) Agreement on procurement of F-16 fighter jets as the most notable success of cooperation so far.
 
Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš said: “The cooperation between our countries is visible not only as part of joint international exercises, training and education, but also in the field of modernising our armed forces. Thanks to exemplary cooperation in this field, we can provide new military equipment for our soldiers in the most transparent manner.”

During the meeting, Minister Gajdoš updated Ambassador Sterling on Slovakia’s commitments to international crisis management and on the increases in defence spending, with the 2% benchmark to be reached by 2022, which was highly appreciated by Ambassador Sterling.
 
At the conclusion of the meeting, Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš thanked U.S. Ambassador Adam H. Sterling for his role in advancing the Defence cooperation between Slovakia and the USA. In this respect, he praised the cooperation with the Indiana National Guard (INNG), including the INNG’s support to the transformation process of the International Staff Officers Course (ISOC), delivered by the General M. R. Štefánik Armed Forces Academy in Liptovský Mikuláš, and he also highlighted the participation of U.S. troops in international exercises organised by Slovakia, i.e. Ex TOXIC LANCE, Ex TOXIC VALLEY, and last year’s Ex SLOVAK SHIELD.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Jakub Neubauer - Date: 24.06.2019
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