Stoltenberg will discuss the process of admitting Northern Macedonia to NATO in Skopje
To date, 13 of the 29 NATO members have ratified the Protocol of Accession of the Former Yugoslav Republic to the Alliance
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg set off on a two-day visit to Northern Macedonia, which is expected to become the next member of the Western military alliance.
Stoltenberg arrived at Skopje International Airport on Sunday. Later, it will be joined by members of the North Atlantic Council, the main political governing body of NATO, which consists of permanent representatives of the Allied countries in the alliance.
During the visit, they plan to discuss with the country’s leadership the reform process in Northern Macedonia.
In February, Skopje signed a protocol according to which the former Yugoslav Republic will become the 30th member of the alliance, if all 29 current allies ratify this decision.
The signing became possible after Skopje and Athens settled a long-standing title dispute. As a result of the compromise reached, Macedonia was renamed the Republic of Northern Macedonia, dispelling Greece’s concerns about any claims to its province with the same name — Macedonia.
To date, the Accession Protocol has been ratified by 13 NATO members. On Monday, Stoltenberg and members of the North Atlantic Council will hold a joint meeting with the Macedonian committee on integration with NATO.
Stoltenberg will also hold talks with President of Northern Macedonia Stevo Pendarovsky, Prime Minister Zoran Zayev and Speaker of the Parliament Talat Jaferi.