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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov participated, yesterday evening in Stip, in a panel discussion titled "The role of the Republic of North Macedonia in NATO" held within the framework of the "NATO Caravan" organized by the Info Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration.  Aside from Minister Dimitrov, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Rachel Galloway also spoke at the panel.

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In his address, FM Dimitrov noted the strategic importance of our country’s integration as the 30th member of the Alliance. He underlined that NATO membership will contribute to increased stability and predictability in times of regional and global insecurity, and would provide more favourable conditions for enhanced economic growth and increased inflow of foreign investments.

FM Dimitrov indicated that aside from the national security guarantees, NATO membership offers a framework for further democratic consolidation, internal stability and economic breakthrough.  “Article 5 of the Washington Charter suggests that the problem of one member is a common problem of all NATO member-states. NATO membership provides us with a spot in the collective defence system and a spot within the society of countries we look up to, put-together, democratic and stable."

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Speaking about the other benefits, Minister Dimitrov stressed that the guaranteed spot of North Macedonia in the Alliance implies a direct involvement in the global security issues and participation in the decision-making process. We will be able to participate in policy-making, which includes a more prominent foreign-policy engagement and more room to promote our own interests in regional and international contexts.

The Caravan aims to spark debate on the benefits of Euro-Atlantic integrations, and is supported by the embassies of the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia.

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