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Monday, April 23, 2012
Albania, ready to fulfill NATO obligation 23/04/2012
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Albania spends 1.4% of the GDP for defense, while it should spend 2%, being a NATO member.
But in these times of
financial crisis, where every Euro, Dollar or Pound has more value, few
NATO members have respected the 2% of the GDP obligation. In this
moment, the Smart Defense enters the play, a concept that increases
intelligent investments in the regional cooperation between the
Southeastern Countries. This was the topic of the international
conference organized in Tirana by the Albanian Parliament and the NATO
“In a time of global crisis, the defense
projects have never been immune. In times like these we have even more
need for each other. Altogether, we will continue investing in military,
economy and politics. Smart Intelligence means that the financial
investments must simply become smarter”, declared the Albanian
Parliament Speaker, Jozefina Topalli.
This readiness to adopt the
intelligent defense concept found the support of Prime Minister
Berisha, who expressed once again the determination of his government
for keeping the military troops in Afghanistan.
determined to fulfill its obligations. We will be there for as long tha
NATO and the US will be there, for giving our modest contribution”,
A few time ago, Albania lost a soldier in
Kandahar, Afghanistan. But the political forces and the public opinion
in Albania have not put in discussion Albania’s military engagement in
Iraq or Afghanistan.