A delegation from the Macedonian military, headed by Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Gorančo Koteski, met on Wednesday with Bosnian Defence Secretary Zekerijah Osmić and Lieutenant General Anto Jeleč to discuss bilateral military cooperation between the two countries, as well as regional cooperation with other countries in the region, as well as peacekeeping missions.
During the course of the meeting, the Bosnian Defence Ministry reported in a statement, Lieutenant General Koteski "put forward his suggestion of the establishment of joint Balkan armed forces, which would act together to deal with natural catastrophes, which the Bosnian Defence Ministry completely supports."
In May 2014 the Balkan countries of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were hit by flooding after the heaviest rainfall recorded in 120 years as a result of cyclone Tamara. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes, and at least 80 people lost their lives.
In order to assist, Macedonia sent Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina 75 specialists from its Defense and Internal Affairs Ministries, as well as pumps and other equipment to help with the relief effort.