The Ambassadors of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have signed the Accession Protocol for the future Republic of North Macedonia.

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said “NATO Ambassadors have just signed the Accession Protocol for the future Republic of North Macedonia.”

Speaking during a press conference with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, the NATO Secretary General further added “I want to congratulate both Skopje and Athens for showing commitment and courage in reaching an agreement on the name issue. We can now look to the future. As Allies start to ratify the Protocol.”

“Once all Allies have ratified the Protocol, Skopje will become the 30th member of the Alliance,” he said, adding that “Membership will give you a seat at the North Atlantic Council. You will have an equal voice in shaping the decisions we take as Allies.”

The Secretary General of NATO also added that “You already make important contributions to our shared security, contributing to our mission in Afghanistan, promoting regional cooperation in Southeast Europe.”

Following the signing of the Accession Protocol, Skopje can now take part in NATO activities as an invitee.  The accession process now moves to the capitals of the 29 Allies where the Protocol will be ratified according to national procedures.  The country will become a member of NATO as soon as all Allies have ratified the Accession Protocol.

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