Story by NATO Advisory Team
SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - The Chief of the NATO Liaison Office Skopje, Slovenian Navy Captain Gorazd Bartol, and members of his team held a meeting with the new Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Mr. Zoran Zaev, on June 30.
Bartol congratulated Zaev on taking over the duty of Prime Minister and expressed the readiness of the NATO Liaison Office to assist and support all steps leading to membership in NATO.
The prime minister stated he was aware it is high time for a leadership that would promote prosperity in the country and would create a country of happy citizens and it is his and the Government’s main goal. That is why the Government is pivotal and would leave prejudices to the past and provide a future for the country in NATO and in the EU. He also expressed his belief that the active reform process that has just been initiated would be a signal for Europe and NATO and the citizens of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia deserve to be part of these international democratic organizations.
During the meeting, Zaev reiterated that after Montenegro, he anticipates the country would become the next member nation of NATO for which the NATO Liaison Office Skopje has uttered its clear support. The members agreed upon close cooperation with intensive collaboration between the NATO Liaison Office Skopje and the member nations of the Alliance. They also agreed the focus of the 29 member nations is directed towards the country and the moves that the new Government are taking, has demonstrated a significant example it can make democratic changes through wise and responsible decisions.
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name