00:30 GMT +319 November 2019
Listen Live
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is holding a press-conference.

    NATO Considers Investing in Albanian Naval Base - Stoltenberg

    © Sputnik / Aleksei Vitvitsky
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    1513
    Subscribe

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is looking into investing in a naval base in Albania, NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday during a meeting with Albanian President Ilir Meta.

    Earlier this month, the idea was put forward by Albanian Defence Minister Olta Xhacka in an official letter.

    "First of all, Albania plays an important role in NATO, this is important for Albania, its important for NATO, and as I mentioned we now have a program where we invest in and operate an airbase in Albania. So far, no decision has been taken on any additional investments in a naval base, but this is something which is assessed by our military authorities and our military experts and based on that NATO will make decisions," Stoltenberg said.

    The NATO is currently financing the renovation of Kucove Air Base in central Albania, which will be the alliance's first airbase in the western Balkans.

    Related:

    Four NATO East European Members to Form Their Own Special Operations Command
    Montenegro, Albania Agree Cooperation Within NATO Air Policing Mission – MoD
    NATO to Build 1st Air Base in Western Balkans in Albania - Prime Minister
    Tags:
    naval base, Jens Stoltenberg, Albania, NATO
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik