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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov met today with the Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer.

 

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At the meeting interlocutors exchanged views on the bilateral relations which were characterised as friendly and extremely strong. Talks also tackled our country's integration into NATO and the EU, the reform agenda, as well as the current political developments in the region. The recent visit of the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo was seen as further confirmation of the strategic partnership, the mutual interest in continuing the political dialogue and the further promotion of the overall cooperation.

Minister Dimitrov thanked for the continued support of the United States at a bilateral level as well as the support towards achieving North Macedonia’s long-standing aspirations for full-fledged membership in NATO and the European Union. In this context, he thanked for the recent ratification of North Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol by the US Senate. The ratification undoubtedly marks a step closer to full membership and contributes towards the achievement of long-term stability and prosperity for the country and the region and to the strengthening of the trans-Atlantic relations.

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The interlocutors agreed that the commitment to the reform agenda, especially concerning the ​​rule of law and the fight against corruption, represents the genuine response to existing challenges. The full-fledged NATO membership, waiting at the door-step, is proof of the foreign-policy engagement of the Republic of North Macedonia, the political will and the institutional commitment to building a modern democratic society based on shared values ​​and principles.