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Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 

NATO Secretary General Secretary meets Speaker Xhaferi

NATO Secretary General Secretary meets  Speaker Xhaferi

Skopje, 18 January 2018 (MIA) - A constructive dialogue, engagement of state institutions and all political stakeholders in implementing the reform plan 3-6-9 is the only way for completing the 'unfinished business' of 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest, Macedonia's Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said Thursday at his meeting with the Alliance's Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.

Xhaferi extended gratitude to the NATO Secretary General on his support of the election of new parliamentary majority and government, as well as of the reforms and Macedonia's accelerated process for NATO membership.

Xhaferi also briefed the high guest on the parliament agenda related to advancing the legislation on security, the Speaker's Office said in a press release.

Stoltenberg reiterated NATO support of Macedonia's government ambitious plan for reforms, especially in term of the rule of law, multiethnic society and good neighborly relations, notifying in this respect the ratification of the friendship treaty with Bulgaria.

NATO, he said, has been monitoring the parliament's functioning, especially after the incident of 27 April 2017, as the organization believes that the supreme legislative body is a platform for the ruling and opposition parties to work together via constructive dialogue for the benefit of all citizens.

Stoltenberg praised Macedonia's contribution to NATO-led missions. He also encouraged Macedonia to keep working on settling the main obstacle to its NATO membership status.

The support expressed at Bucharest NATO Summit and reaffirmed at the next two is still valid, which aimes to make Macedonia the 30th Alliance's member as soon as possible, Stoltenberg said. lk/16:26

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