On November 23th 2018, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Greece (NRDC-GR) celebrated the National Day of Albania, with a flag raising ceremony which took place in the Headquarters premises, at “Pedion Areos” Camp in Thessaloniki. The event honored with their presence the Deputy Commander of NRDC-GR, Major General Ivan ORTOMAROV, the Albanian Consul of Thessaloniki, Mrs Enkelada RAMZI, distinguished guests and the staff of the HQ.
Lieutenant Colonel Petraq CIKO, the Senior National Representative (SNR) of Albania, addressed the HQ on the meaning of the day. During his speech, he mentioned “On 28thof November we commemorate the Albanian declaration of national independence. It came 106 years ago and it is the most important act in our history". Furthermore he added “Albania is now a contributing member of NATO and is close to meet its second strategic objective, to become part of united Europe. We believe that is an inherent right not only due to our geographical location but also due to our cultural heritage and historic ties with our neighbors. The Albanian people and the entire political leadership are committed and determined to contribute to this goal”.
Concluding his speech, the Albanian National Representative expressed the deepest respect to the participating nations and his gratitude to the host nation, Greece, for the hospitality, the warm friendly environment and the support provided. Deputy Commander of NRDC-GR, Major General Ivan ORTOMAROV, congratulated the SNR for this day and expressed his appreciation for the significant contribution of the Albanian staff to the past years HQ’s successes. The event concluded with a small ceremony in the HQ facilities.