Minister Gajdoš briefs President Čaputová on current MOD tasks

Today (9 July 2019) at Grasalkovich Palace, Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš met with President and Commander-in-Chief of the Slovak Armed Forces Zuzana Čaputová for talks on the current tasks being taken on by the Ministry of Defence. On this occasion, they paid close attention to the ongoing modernization programmes, the engagement of service personnel in international crisis management, and Slovakia’s commitments vis-à-vis the EU and NATO.
 
Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš said: “The Ministry of Defence is now delivering on its historically largest modernization of armed forces. Alongside new equipment, we are working towards improving the Service conditions for military professionals, while at the same time being active on international crisis management missions and operations, where over 470 members of the Slovak Armed Forces are currently engaged. Of course, we also lay adequate emphasis on training, because any state-of-the-art equipment would be useless without trained soldiers.
 
He added that the MOD is committed to fully supporting the President in her capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Slovak Armed Forces. According to President Zuzana Čaputová, it is important that all purchases in Defence meet the criteria for transparency and that public money is spent economically. She noted that, in her role as Commander-in-Chief of the Slovak Armed Forces, she plans to be in active contact with the Slovak Armed Forces.
 
Also today at Grasalkovich Palace, President Zuzana Čaputová received laureates and founders of the Military Deed of the Year Awards. Over the past 22 years the accolade has recognised exceptional contributions of military professionals and members of the public towards forging a positive relationship with the Armed Forces. On this occasion, the President praised the heroic actions of the awardees, the human dimension of the Awards, and the tradition itself as it evolves in Defence.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Ivan Kelement - Date: 09.07.2019
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