LIVE: Stoltenberg and Dimitrov give press statements after NATO protocol signing with Skopje
To date, 13 out of 29 NATO members have ratified the Protocol on the Accession of the Former Yugoslav Republic to the Alliance
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg went on a two-day visit to North Macedonia, which is expected to become the next member of the Western military alliance.
Stoltenberg arrived at Skopje International Airport on Sunday. Later, it will be joined by members of the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s main political governing body, which consists of the permanent representatives of the Allied countries to the alliance..
During the visit, they plan to discuss with the country’s leadership the reform process in North Macedonia.
In February, Skopje signed a protocol according to which the former Yugoslav Republic will become the 30th member of the alliance, if this decision is ratified by all 29 current allies.
Signing was made possible after Skopje and Athens settled a long-standing dispute over naming. As a result of the compromise reached, Macedonia was renamed the Republic of North Macedonia, allaying Greek fears about any claims to its province of the same name – Macedonia.
To date, 13 NATO members have ratified the Accession Protocol. Stoltenberg and North Atlantic Council members to meet with Macedonian NATO Integration Committee on Monday.
Stoltenberg will also hold talks with President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovsky, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Speaker of Parliament Talat Jaferi.
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