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Greece congratulates North Macedonia for joining the NATO

The Greek Foreign Ministry congratulated the Republic of North Macedonia for officially becoming a member of NATO. on Friday. “We congratulate the Republic of North Macedonia that joins NATO as the 30th member of our alliance. We welcome our neighbors to the NATO family & look forward to working together as allies #WeAreNATO,” the Foreign Ministry said in a tweet.

North Macedonia’s membership is linked to the Prespes Agreement, signed with Greece in June 2018. Respecting the agreement’s terms was a prerequisite for the country’s membership in NATO and the EU. The alliance invited North Macedonia to join it in July 2018, pending ratification by national parliaments of other NATO members, while EU foreign ministers have initiated the process towards the start of accession talks.

In a tweet, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “Today, we welcome North Macedonia into the NATO Alliance as our 30th Ally and celebrate their commitment to the North Atlantic Alliance. We reaffirm our commitment to collective defense under Article 5, the cornerstone of the Transatlantic Alliance.”

A flag-raising ceremony will take place at NATO Headquarters on 30 March 2020, in the presence of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Delegation of North Macedonia to NATO Mr. Zoran Todorov. The flag of North Macedonia will be simultaneously raised at the Allied Command Operations in Mons (Belgium) and at the Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk.

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