SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Supreme Allied Commander Europe
(SACEUR), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, and Command Sergeant Major Davor
Petek, Allied Command Operations Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL), met with
senior political and military leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday,
visit, General Scaparrotti met with President Ivanić and members of the
Presidency to discuss the way forward in building capacities essential to achieving
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s long-term security, as well as full integration into
the Euro-Atlantic system.
"I would like to emphasize the progress Bosnia and
Herzegovina has made on key requirements such as the Defense Review and the
registration of defence properties, on its path towards full NATO membership,”
said Scaparrotti. "It is important to
bring these to the finish line by the established deadline,” he added.
While in Sarajevo, General
Scaparrotti was able to take the opportunity to talk with the Minister of
Defence, Marina Pendeš about Bosnia and Herzgovina’s contributions to the
Alliance and concerns in the region.
"I want to thank the Armed Forces of
Bosnia and Herzegovina for their active support to the NATO-led mission in
Afghanistan and the other work with Allies and partner countries in many other
areas,” said Scaparrotti.
Finally, General Scaparrotti met
with Major General Friedrich Schrötter, Commander European Union Force Althea
before addressing the NATO Headquarters Sarajevo
While speaking to the command teams,
SACEUR and CSEL stressed the significant importance of the command team
relationship and role of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Corps. SACEUR and CSEL were also briefed on the
ongoing initiatives of the NCO Corps development in the Armed Forces of Bosnia
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office