The U.S. will train special army units from Albania to take part in international operations, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana said Tuesday. A Serbian website reported that Macedonian and Croation forces will be part of the excercise as well.
AP reports that the three-day training exercise begin Tuesday in Tirana, and is the first of seven planned within the next year.
"The goal is to enable these specialized forces to participate in peacekeeping and other operations," a U.S. statement said, as quoted by AP.
The three Balkan countries signed a U.S.-backed charter pledging to develop a common military strategy as part of their efforts to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The three Balkan nations have small peacekeeping military units in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia.