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July 27, 2021

UK establishes Western Balkans Land Regional Coordination Cell

Western Balkans Land Regional Coordination Cell will focus on UK capacity building efforts.

UK Ambassador Rachel Galloway has signed an agreement to establish a permanent military training team in North Macedonia.

The agreement was also signed by North Macedonia Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska.

Known as the ‘Western Balkans Land Regional Coordination Cell’, the small military team will be involved in coordinating and directing UK training into the region.

The cell will focus on UK capacity-building efforts and improve defence cooperation between the UK and its Western Balkan partner forces.

UK Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said: “The agreement signed today underlines the UK’s commitment to enhancing cooperation with our partners in the Western Balkans and takes our defence relationship with our friends there to a new level.

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“We look forward to working closer than ever to ensure security in this important region.”

North Macedonia joined Nato in March last year.

The Western Balkans Land Regional Coordination Cell will also support other regional Nato partners in meeting Nato-membership related capability targets.

The newly established cell will help coordinate British support for North Macedonia in delivering a light infantry battalion ready for next year’s Nato operation.

In its recently published Defence Command Paper, the UK stated that the British Armed Forces will closely work with partners in the Western Balkans to maintain and promote peace and security at regional and international levels.

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