Minister Xhaçka at the Air Force Command: Security measures according to the legal framework with NATO

Minister of Defence Olta Xhaçka visited Air Force Command this Thursday, which is located few meters away from the International Airport “Mother Teresa” in Rinas.

From Wednesday evening, Military Police troops have been patrolling along the Airport security perimeter. The airport runway is used also for military flights by the Armed Forces and NATO member states. Meanwhile, Special Forces Battalion troops are kept in state of readiness within the Air Force Command.

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The incident in Rinas, Minister Xhaçka: Military Police and Special Forces Troops at the Airport Security Perimeter

The incident that occurred yesterday at Rinas Airport was undoubtedly serious.
I share the same concerns of citizens and colleagues that something like this cannot be happening in an area of particular importance.
What is already known from the analysis and investigation is that security mechanisms at the Airport, which are under the responsibility of the Chinese Concessionaire Company, have failed completely.
The Concessionaire has failed to fulfill its responsibilities to guarantee the physical security parameters and has not implemented the mandatory security standards established by the domestic legislation and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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USA donate 37 MRAPs to the Armed Forces, Xhaçka: Performance and capacities of AAF will increase even more

The performance and capacities of Albania’s Armed Forces will increase even more, thanks to the generosity of the United States Government, which donated 37 Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected vehicles to the AAF.

The Armored Vehicles of the International MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) brand will be used by the structures of our Armed Forces, which are part of NATO’s collective defense.

Defence Minister Olta Xhaçka, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the United States in our country Ms. Leyla Moses-Ones, and Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Bardhyl Kollçaku were present at the donation ceremony.

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Albanian contingents abroad congratulate Albania's 10th Anniversary in NATO, Xhaçka: Your contribution makes us a reliable partner

Albanian soldiers serving in Resolute Support International Missions in Herat and Kabul, Afghanistan, Aegean Sea, Latvia, KFOR Kosovo and Mali congratulated  Albania’s 10th Anniversary of NATO Membership.

In a video communication with Albanian servicemen, Defence Minister Olta Xhaçka thanked them for their valuable contribution not only to the places they serve, but also for the assessment Albania receives as a worthy member of NATO.

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Fires in 12 prefectures, Xhaçka appeal to citizens of local government: Do not allow the burning of national wealth

I want to share today with all citizens the concern about the very unusual situation that has been created over the last 3 weeks with the fires in different parts of the country. It is a disturbing situation because the damage caused is huge. So far over 245 hectares of forests and pastures have been burned down, while in many cases the fires have not been managed.

But it is also a worrying situation even though dozens of AF troops are working today ceaselessly, in very difficult and dangerous conditions to extinguish these fires, and especially to prevent them from spreading towards residential areas where damages could have been made much more severe.

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