Chief of the General Staff of the SAF attends the DECI conference
Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Major General Alenka Ermenc and her delegation attended the 8th DECI Conference in Chiefs of Defence Session hosted by Montenegro. Chiefs of Defence of Albania, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia addressed the current security challenges in the Western Balkans region. To this end, Commander of EUFOR Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Commander of NATO operation KFOR in Kosovo, were also present at the conference as guests. Conference participants agreed that mainly due of its turbulent past and the complex current security challenges, the region of Western Balkans deserves special attention.
At the invitation of Chief of the General Staff of Montenegro Brigadier General Dragutin Dakić, Major General Ermenc continued her visit to Montenegro with a bilateral meeting. During her visit, she also met with the Minister of Defence of Montenegro Predrag Bošković, who highlighted the excellent cooperation between the two countries in the field of defence and security and stressed that the support and assistance of Slovenia, especially in the development of the Armed Forces of Montenegro, is of utmost importance to the country. During her meeting, Major General Ermenc was also accompanied by the Slovenian Ambassador to Montenegro, Mr. Gregor Presker and Defence Advisor Primoz Savc, who, prior to the bilateral meetings, informed the Slovenian delegation about the current situation in the host country. Major General Ermenc and her host, Brigadier General Dakić, touched upon the current bilateral co-operation, particularly within the enhanced allied presence in the east (Enhanced Forward Presence - eFP) in Latvia and future operational co-operation within multinational military exercises. As part of the visit, the Montenegrin side also presented the newly established Mountain Warfare Centre in Kolašin, which is expected to gain a regional character in the future. The pair assessed that the excellent bilateral cooperation both armed forces have developed adds to the mutual trust and the stability in the region.
Photo: Ministry of Defence of Montenegro and Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Podgorica (last).