SACEUR and Armenia's Defence Minister Discuss Security and Interoperability

Nov 10, 2014

MONS, Belgium - Armenia's Defence Minister, Seyran Ohanyan, visited Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) on 10 November 2014 for discussions on the current security situation and the interoperability of Armenian Armed Forces with NATO.  Armenia joined NATO's Partnership for Peace program in 1994 and contributes to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan and the KFOR mission in Kosovo and has also committed to supporting the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
During the visit, Minister Ohanyan met with General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and was briefed by NATO staff officers from SHAPE on a variety of operational topics.

SACEUR (Supreme Allied Commander Europe) General Phil Breedlove together with Armenian Minister of Defence Seyran Ohanyan during the Honour Guard Ceremony at SHAPE. -NATO Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stefan Hass-DEU Army

"My discussions with Minister Ohanyan centered on the current security situation and the importance of long-term stability for the region," said General Breedlove.  "I am encouraged by the excellent cooperation that the Alliance enjoys with a variety of partners in the South Caucasus and I am hopeful that these relationships will lead to further improvements in security," he added.
"Armenia has been an important NATO partner for 20 years and their troops have made key contributions to NATO missions in both Afghanistan and Kosovo," said General Breedlove. "The NATO Alliance is committed to supporting Armenia's ongoing defence reform efforts, including ongoing improvements to the interoperability and compatibility of its armed forces with NATO member states," he said.
The visit to SHAPE by Minister Ohanyan coincides with an annual series of seminars, events and meetings in Armenia called 'NATO Week'.  The aim of these events is to familiarise Armenian society with the role and activities of the NATO Alliance, as well as to highlight efforts to foster integrity among military forces.  The themes of this year's discussions include NATO-interoperability and the role of women in peace and security.
Armenia has indicated it intends to intensify practical and political cooperation with NATO, but it is not seeking membership in the Alliance.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office


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