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Hariri chairs receives kuwaiti ambassador for infrastructure program meeting

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This meeting took place after the government, in collaboration with the ministers in question and the Development and Rebuilding Council, completed the project of this ambition program presented to various political forces as the first step to launch a broad national debate.

 

Second Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia Ministerial Meeting in Thessaloniki on October 4-5

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At the initiative of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is to be held in Thessaloniki on October 4 and 5. This meeting, which is part of a broader strategy of Greek diplomacy to strengthen regional stability and cross-border co-operation between the neighbouring countries of the southern Balkans. The purpose of the meeting is to establish institutionalized co-operation between these states on issues of common interest and strategic importance, such as the challenges they face in dealing with security and tackling extremism, terrorism and radicalisation.

 

Mammadyarov says that the relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine are of strategic nature.

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Relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine are of strategic nature, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister said on Tuesday. The Azerbaijani minister noted that today’s meeting expressed support for the territorial integrity of the two countries. “We also discussed the relations in transport sphere”, Mammadyarov said stressing that transport projects are very economically important.

Albania: the minister of defense Oltha xhacka has announced that American radar will monitor the albanian airspace

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An American radar will monitor with Albanian airspace. The information was made pùblic by the Defense Minister, Olta Xhacka on Tùesday dùring a press conference with his Polish coùnterpart, Antoni Macierewic. From the other side, minister Xhacka ùnderlined the fact that Albanian government increased the bùdget for the defense.

 

Inauguration lecture by General Farina for the 18th NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC) at the NATO Defense College

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Today the NATO Defense College in Rome had the pleasure to welcome the Eighteenth NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC 18).

Lieutenant General Chris Whitecross (CAN F), NDC Commandant, warmly welcomed guest speaker General Salvatore Farina (ITA A), Commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum.
The ceremony, held in the Maynard-Thorn Auditorium of the College, was introduced by the Commandant, who presented the Course by explaining that “since its establishment in 2009, the NRCC has become recognized by NATO’s leaders as a cornerstone of NATO’s engagement with Partner countries.”

One of the main educational programmes offered by the College, the NRCC this time 46 totals attendees from 20 countries, including NATO Member States together with partners from the Partnership for Peace (PfP), the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and other Global Partners.
The aims of the Course are to improve the understanding of international, regional and collective security issues regarding the Middle Eastern region; to enhance knowledge of the historical and socio-political situation in the region; to develop Course Members’ abilities in strategic thinking and critical analysis; and to work towards mutual understanding on key political and military issues affecting the Middle East and NATO. Reinforcing these purposes, the Commandant stated: “There is no question that the security and stability of NATO and its member nations matters to the rest of the world. Equally, there is no question that the stability and security of the wider Middle East region is crucial.”

Based on a combination of different teaching methods, the Course includes panels, debates, discussions, committee work and case studies.

The Commandant then gave the floor to Gen. Farina.
In his speech, Gen. Farina illustrated the adaptation process of the Alliance, pursued in order to face new challenges, offering his own perspective as Joint Operations Commander. In particular, while defining the focus of NATO’s three core tasks, Collective Defence, Crisis Management and Cooperative Security, Gen. Farina provided a wide-ranging overview of how prevention, deterrence and dialogue will always be part of any adaptation measure undertaken by the Alliance. Equally important, the General added, is NATO’s role in cooperative security and in the fight against terrorism. Hence the need for credible, ready and well trained forces, as well as non-provocative and clear messages and initiatives.

Finally, answering specific questions, Gen. Farina praised the decision to establish the NATO Hub for the South, part of the “twin” Command at Naples, thus welcoming the initiative shown by countries along NATO’s southern border and complementing the success of the “more together” approach in pursuing this initiative.

 

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