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On September 18, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius went on official visit to the Republic of Macedonia (.
Lithuanian Chief of Defence in the capital of Macedonia met Defence Minister Fatmir Besimi, Chief of Defence Major General Gorancho Koteski and other military representatives of Macedonia. Macedonia’s aspiration to join NATO Alliance, countries’ participation in NATO operation in Afghanistan, NATO operation in Western Balkans has been discussed during the meeting.
Lithuanian and Macedonia’s delegations also discussed the perspectives of bilateral cooperation, mainly focusing on the field of military training.
Chief of Defence of Lithuania invited military of Macedonia to join NATO Energy Security Competence Center in Vilnius.
During the visit Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius also visited Macedonia’s Special Operations Forces Unit Headquarters.
September 19-20, Lithuanian Chief of Defence will go on official visit to Croatia. In Zagreb he will meet Croatia’s Chief of General Staff (Chief of Defence) Lieutenant General Drago Lovric, Deputy Defence Minister of Croatia Visnja Tafra. Also Lithuanian Chief of Defence plans to visit Croatian Armed Forces’ units, where he will meet the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces soldiers participating in the exercise “Jackal Stone 2012”.
The Chief of Defence of Lithuania is returning to Lithuania on September 21.
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President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė sent congratulations on behalf of herself and the people of Lithuania to the President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, on Macedonia’s national holiday, the Day of the Republic.
“Lithuania strongly supports Macedonia’s aspirations for a full-fledged membership in European and Euro-Atlantic structures and I do hope your country will make a large step towards this goal already this year. I also hope our bilateral relations will be enriched further by new ideas and initiatives in various fields of political and economic cooperation. My congratulations once again on this holiday so much important for the nation of Macedonia! I wish you to remain the hearth of European values and an example of a cohesive multinational society not only for your own country but also for the whole region and Europe,” the President writes in the letter of congratulations.