President Stevo Pendarovski received today the Commander of the Vermont National Guard, Major General Gregory Knight.
The meeting discussed the cooperation between the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia and the National Guard of Vermont, which is being implemented through the training of members of both armies, joint exercises, as well as joint participation in peacekeping missions.
President Pendarovski stressed that the United States are our key supporter since our independence, and the cooperation in the field of defense, which began with the establishment of our armed forces in 1992, is constantly improving and deepening. The joint participation in the military exercise “Swift Response 22″ in Krivolak was pointed out as a token of the excellent cooperation, which is sponsored by the US Army in Europe together with the forces of six other NATO members, in which about 4,600 soldiers participated.
The meeting also discussed the Declaration on Strategic Partnership and Cooperation of 2008 and other bilateral legal arrangements, which provide a broad framework for cooperation, and it was pointed out that there is potential for deepening the strategic partnership.
The meeting was preceded by a ceremony in the President’s Cabinet at which Major General Gregory Knight awarded President Pendarovski a “Service Medal” for meritorious achievements in the period from May 12, 2019 to July 9, 2022, as an outstanding and vital supporter of the State Partnership Program with the Vermont National Guard.