Sekerinska to meet U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis in Washington

Deputy PM and Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska will hold an official meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, in Washington on May 1.

The meeting is expected to affirm the strategic partnership between the Republic of Macedonia and the United States. The meeting is all the more significant because it takes place ahead of the Brussels NATO Summit in July, the Macedonian Ministry of Defense says Tuesday.

Sekerinska’s meeting with Mattis is part of her visit to the U.S. on April 26-May 2. She will meet with Laura Cooper, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, and will hold talks at the U.S. Department of State, Senate and Congress.

Minister Sekerinska in Vermont is also set to meet the Commander of the Vermont National Guard, Major General Steven Cray. The Macedonian Army has been fostering a comprehensive cooperation with the Vermont National Guard, being its partner in the reform and development of the armed forces, states the press release.