Albania must increase defense and security spending

President of the Republic, Bujar Nishani, met today with the head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg. The latter said that NATO encourages Albania to increase spending on security.

“It sure keeps Albanians and NATO stronger,” he said at a joint press conference with President Bujar Nishani.

“Challenges of NATO has been those on security, something that we greatly appreciate as a response to the new security environment.

Albania has decided to increase spending this year and we encourage you to do this and increase defense spending”, he said.

President Bujar Nishani said that Albania supports the open door policy of NATO, welcoming the neighboring countries such as Macedonia and Montenegro.

“Albania will continue to increase the defense budget and fulfill its duties”, the President emphasized.

Stoltenberg said that the main message is cooperation for the stabilization of neighboring countries, such as Iraq, Syria, or Africa.

“We can not work alone, but we are addressing stability projects beyond our borders. Our mission in Afghanistan has been the biggest one”he said.