SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - Today, July 3, marked the first official meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, Chief NATO Liaison Office, Navy Captain Gorazd Bartol.
Congratulating the minister on the new position, Bartol expressed his and his team’s readiness to intensify the cooperation with NATO and its Liaison Office in Skopje, as with all Governmental institutions. Bartol, on behalf of NATO, articulated the gratitude for the contribution of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* in the Alliance’s peace support operations and the support to Kosovo Forces through the national Center for Coordination which aids the security and stability of the region.
Dimitrov briefed the captain on the priorities regarding the foreign policy of the new Government. He highlighted the dedication and enthusiasm of the Government and the Ministry to fully implement the reforms and surpass all obstacles that are in the way of gaining full-fledged membership in NATO. The minister underlined that the Government from its first day in the mandate is undertaking serious diplomatic actions in function of revitalization and acceleration of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
At the meeting, the attendees exchanged opinions in regards to the upcoming visit of the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Tacan Ildem, which should take place in July 2017.
Story by NATO Advisory Team
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.