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In a few days, our country will sit at the NATO Leaders Meeting in London, shoulder to shoulder with the most powerful countries in the world. Ministers Sekerinska and Dimitrov at today’s meeting with the Chief of the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje, Army Colonel Zoran Jankovic, thanked for all the support provided by the NATO Office, especially over the last two years, and the persistence in achieving this decade-long strategic goal, for the citizens and the country itself.

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The meeting was held on the eve of the NATO London Summit to be held on 3 and 4 December with the participation of a high-level government delegation, led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Minister Dimitrov emphasised the commitment and the importance our country attaches to NATO membership, presenting our views on current important issues for the Alliance.

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“Today, my colleague Sekerinska and I, had a great opportunity to thank Colonel Jankovic, who, along with all his predecessors, has contributed greatly to the upcoming massive success in achieving what has been one of our two greatest strategic goals practically since our independence. We are a single ratification away from full-fledged membership. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already prepared a draft-law on the ratification of the North Atlantic Treaty. As Secretary-General Stoltenberg said – it’s good to have friends, it’s good to have powerful friends and for the first time we will be represented at the leaders’ table, led by Prime Minister Zaev on 3 and 4 December in London. The fact that we’ve had 28 ratifications in 10 months shows that we are welcomed into the Alliance and we hope that this will be noted in one of the paragraphs of the final declaration of the Leaders’ meeting in London.”

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Minister Sekerinska pointed out that the participation in the NATO Leaders’ Meeting, as and equal to the other 29 allies, is an historic day for the country.

“For the first time we won’t have others discuss something for us, and instead, we will sit at the table making decisions that affect the whole world. We will not only be present at the NATO Leaders’ Meeting, but will also take part, unlike a year and a half ago in Brussels when we were the topic of discussion without being present, now we will have the opportunity to say – yes, we have fulfilled our historic role. This wouldn’t have happened if it had not been for the strategic support of all the citizens of this country, it would not have happened without the really strategic view of the Government, and it would not have happened without the strong support of the Alliance”, Minister Sekerinska said after the meeting.

At the meeting, the Ministers conveyed the Government’s commitment to specifically contribute as the future 30th member of the Alliance in promoting transatlantic unity and security, as well as our commitment to fair distribution of the financial burden; support in the fight against terrorism; contributing to NATO’s concept of deterrence and defence; support for NATO’s design of stability policy; the commitment to further our participation and contribution to international operations; readiness to deal with unconventional security threats; and other issues of common interest to the Alliance which contribute to a safer Euro-Atlantic Area.

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The Chief of the NATO Office in the country, Army Colonel Jankovic voiced satisfaction with the meeting with Ministers Sekerinska and Dimitrov shortly before the historic summit which will tackle numerous important topics for the Alliance.

“So far, you have had the opportunity to take a direct part in the Chiefs of Staff meetings and the Ministerial meetings, but next week you will have the opportunity to sit at the Leaders’ meeting. This is in fact a very important indicator of the commitment and effort you have put in over the last two years, which is certainly the result of this Government’s work, and I would say particularly the work of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and on my own behalf I would like to thank you for these efforts”, Col. Jankovic said.