The Minister of National Defense of FYROM Talat Djaferi met with his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos on Monday. It was the first time that a Skopjian Minister of National Defense visited the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.
Greece’s Minister of National Defense welcomed Mr. Djaferi himself. However, Avramopoulos skipped the ceremonial event of the Guard inspection, during which the national anthems of both the dignitary and the host are played by a ceremonial band. The reason behind the symbolic diplomatic maneuver is FYROM’S national anthem which advocates irredentism in Greek territories, such as Macedonia and the Aegean Sea.
During the meeting of the two Ministers, a potential military cooperation between the two countries was discussed. Within this framework, the Ministers signed a one-year agreement for cooperation between the Greek and Skopjian National Defense General Staff.
Both Mr. Avramopoulos and Mr. Djaferi expressed their wish for a solution to FYROM’s name issue, thus reducing tension between the two countries, as well as contributing positively to European stability.