On 20 December 2016 the President of the Slovak Republic, Mr Andrej Kiska, visited the Headquarters of the European Union Force (HQ EUFOR) in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. He was joined by the Slovakian Minister for Defence, Peter Gajdoš; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Milan Maxim; and the Ambassador to BiH, Jan Pšenica.
Initially welcomed by an honour guard of two platoons assembled from soldiers of the EUFOR Multinational Battalion, the Slovak delegation then proceeded to an office call with Commander EUFOR, Major General Friedrich Schrötter. During this call, Major General Schrötter thanked President Kiska for the support of the Slovakian Armed Forces and commended the good work they are doing throughout the country.
President Kirska also used the visit to address the EUFOR Slovakian contingent in a less formal setting after which he received a brief from his Senior National Representative on the Slovak Republic's contribution to Op Althea.
The Slovak Armed Forces have 40 personnel throughout BiH as part of Op Althea under Commander EUFOR. Their largest contribution is the support to three Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) houses, based in Novo Sarajevo, Foca and Visegrad where they are responsible for supporting the development of the safe and secure environment in BiH.
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