Delegation of Vermont National Guard pays Official Visit to Macedonia

A delegation of the Vermont National Guard (VNG) from the US State of Vermont, headed by its Commander Colonel Gregory Knight, paid an official visit to Macedonia on Thursday. During Thursday, Knight held meetings with the President of Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, and the Deputy PM and Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska. Both Pendarovski and Knight concluded that there is an excellent cooperation between the VNG and the Macedonian Army (ARM), with Pendarovski thanking Knight for the support US provides to Macedonia for its integration in NATO, and expressed hope that the US Senate will ratify the NATO Protocol for Accession of Macedonia soon. The VNG Commander and the Macedonian DM concluded that the cooperation between the armies of both states is the crown of the bilateral relations between Macedonia and the US. “The armies of both our countries mark this year a 25-year long cooperation. Over 5,000 soldiers from ARM participated in activities conducted by VNG, and only for 2019 we are to conduct 16 different mutual activities, and I hope this good cooperation will proceed in future too,” Sekerinska told Knight.