The United States will contribute $3.6 million to Slovakia for training and equipment to protect its eastern border. The project will help protect Slovakia’s border from the illicit movement of weapons, drugs, contraband, and people, while promoting lawful entry and exit, and lawful trade.
“Over the next two years, the United States will provide training and deliver critical equipment to the Slovak government to improve its ability to secure the country’s borders. As friends, partners, and Allies, this project is just one more example of the meaningful and mutually respectful partnership between our two countries,” US Ambassador Gautam Rana explained, noting, “that strengthening border security is essential to Slovakia’s serity, economic prosperity, and national sovereignty.”
In addition to the new equipment contributions from the United States, representatives from both countries will jointly conduct a series of information and liaison exchanges, capabilities assessments, workshops, and capacity building trainings in Washington DC, Bratislava, Poprad, Košice, Sobrance, and many other cities. This cooperation provides an opportunity to learn from each other and strengthen our collective security.
Topics will range from utilizing data analysis to assess the risk of people and goods entering Slovakia to implementing technology and equipment to detect the use of tunnels and drones at the border.
Resources, both financial and human, are provided by the United States Departments of State and Homeland Security.