Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krstičević (L) Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhaçka (R) (Photo: Robert Anic/PIXSELL) Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krstičević (L) Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhaçka (R) (Photo: Robert Anic/PIXSELL)

Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krstičević signed an exchange agreement with his Albanian counterpart Olta Xhaçka in Zagreb today. Both ministers emphasized the great potential for strengthening cooperation, with the Albanian minister inspecting the domestically produced weapons and equipment used by Croatian soldiers.

"We have excellent products from the defense industry and I am confident this is an opportunity for the minister to ascertain the quality of these products. Obviously this is an opportunity for our defense industry, because Albania, just like Croatia, is investing into modernizing its armed forces," said Minister Krstičević.

His Albanian counterpart added that Tirana is keen on furthering its ties with Zagreb. "We are confident that we will continue to cooperate in the future, and that this will open up new opportunities in the area of security in the Balkans and all of southeast Europe," Minister Xhaçka said.

Albania has confirmed that it will participate in a soon to be held Croatian-led military exercise marking its tenth anniversary of NATO membership.

Source: HRT