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The Slovenian Armed Forces helps colleagues from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the fight against the coronavirus disease

On behalf of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF), the Defence Attaché of the Republic of Slovenia in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colonel Žarko Henigman, handed over protective equipment for coronavirus disease to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The equipment donated by the SAF was handed over in the Rajlovac barracks near Sarajevo as part of the military cooperation programme, due to identified need for protective equipment in the fight against the pandemic. Colonel Henigman emphasized that the fight against the pandemic concerns us all, and with this friendly gesture the SAF confirms its commitment to building stability and trust in the region.

As a full-fledged NATO and EU member, the Slovenian Armed Forces has been actively cooperating with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2006 in the field of education and training, and protection against natural and other disasters. Additionally, SAF members have been engaged in peace-support efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1997.

On behalf of the Ministry of Defence and The Armed Forces of Bosnia Herzegovina, Colonel Edin Fako, Head of the Office of Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, sincerely thanked the Slovenian Armed Forces for friendly and selfless assistance, which will be of special help ahead of the exercise Immediate Response 21. Colonel Rusmir Mrković, Deputy Commander of the Support Command of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said: "Thank you for your help now and today, when it is really needed."

Soldiers of Slovenian Armed Forces unloading cargo

Soldiers of Slovenian Armed Forces unloading cargo. | Author SVNKON 43 BiH