From 15 to 16 September, the Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach visited Croatia, where he reaffirmed NATO’s gratitude for Croatia’s contributions to the Alliance. While in Croatia, Air Chief Marshal Peach met with the Croatian Chief of Defence, General Mirko Šundov, and Croatia’s Minister of Defence, Mr. Damir Krstičević to discuss NATO’s ongoing missions and activities and security in the Western Balkans.
The Chairman commended Croatia for its efforts and engagement in NATO’s missions and operations. Air Chief Marshal Peach noted that Croatia is contributing to the Alliance’s shared security in several ways, with Croatian troops serving in NATO’s battlegroups in Poland, and in the Allies’ missions in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
During the meeting, Air Chief Marshal Peach further highlighted that Croatia, celebrating its 10th anniversary as a member of the Alliance this year, is now contributing significantly to NATO’s collective defence and pointed out the importance of Croatia’s work for the region. “Croatia plays an important role in South Eastern Europe. This is important as we adapt to meet the security challenges we face to the east and the south”, Air Chief Marshal Peach said.