Albania and Turkey are discussing the possibility of a military cooperation to training and education of freshmen soldiers, Minister of Defence Olta Xhakcka said during a meeting with her Turkish counterpart Nurettin Canikli, while in an official visit to Turkey on Friday.
According to the Ministry of Defence press office the meeting focused discussions on the possibility of a military cooperation with Turkey on the military training and education which will positively impact the background of new soldiers.
“Discussions focused on the current military training and common education cooperation. We agreed on the plethora of possibilities to be explored as well as had maximum support by my colleague Canikli to fulfil any request Albania might have. Support to modernising Armed Forces on any necessary development project. Along with my Turkish counterpart we agreed upon developing military capacities. Medical treatment of military personnel in Turkey will continue and will expand to meet all medical health needs we cannot meet in Tirana,” Minister Xhacka said.
Minister Xhacka also met with Albanian military students in Turkey to whom she wished success underlining their importance within the Armed Forces as soon as they graduate. “I confirmed to our student being educated in Turkish military academies to continue being among the best examples of discipline and professionalism and we expect them to come back and become a solid part of our military pyramid,” Xhacka said.
In addition, Minister Xhacka visited some military industry facilities and got closely acquainted to the means, equipment and munitions produced therein. Likewise, Minister of Defence was received in special meetings by Turkish Minister of Interior, Süleyman Soylu and Chief of General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, four-star General Hulusi Akar. Minister Xhacka discussed issues of common interest on the field of security and defence during her meetings with Turkish high level officials. Part of the minister’s visit was also paying homage and laying a wreath of flowers at Anıtkabir, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Mausoleum.