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Macedonia - NATO DPRC meeting in Brussels

Macedonia - NATO DPRC meeting in Brussels

Skopje, 11 December 2017 (MIA) - Macedonia and NATO Deputy Permanent Representatives Committee (DPRC) held a regular meeting Monday in Brussels, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Monday in a press release.

Macedonia's delegation, led by State Secretary at the MoFA Viktor Dimovski, also included the State Secretary at the Ministry of Defense, Dragan Nikolic, and National NATO Coordinator Stevo Pendarovski, presented the Annual National Program for NATO Membership 2017-2018, which actually kicks-off the 18th cycle of the Membership Action Plan (MAP).

Dimovski reaffirmed the national support of and political consensus on NATO membership as the top priority of Macedonia's foreign policy. The reforms at home, the foreign policy activities and intensified relations with NATO are part of the government's agenda and the 3-6-9 plan, which will enable the country to become the 30th full-fledged member of the Alliance, he said.

In favor of realizing its national interests,  Macedonia will keep exploiting all possibilities for active, all-inclusive cooperation in the sphere of defense with its neighbors, countries in the region and partner-states, Nikolic said.

Pendarovski affirmed Macedonia's commitment to join NATO as soon as possible, saying that the country will keep working on reforms.

At the meeting, chaired by NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai, members of the NATO DPRC qualified Macedonia's Annual National Program for NATO Membership 2017-2018 as a comprehensive document, which clearly presents the new government's reform plan, indicating that Macedonia is again on the right track to an accelerated accession to NATO. lk/19:09

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