North Macedonia officially became the thirtieth member of NATO; its flag will be raised for the first time at the Alliance’s headquarters on March 30, according to a statement issued on Friday by US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
“On March 27, the United States, as the custodian of the Treaty, received a document of accession to the North Atlantic Alliance from the Republic of North Macedonia, which makes North Macedonia the thirtieth NATO ally. On March 30, the flag of North Macedonia will be raised over the NATO headquarters for the first time,” Pompeo said.
According to him, the accession of North Macedonia demonstrates that the doors of NATO are open to others who want to join the organization. In addition, Pompeo assured that the United States would comply with the article of the NATO Charter on collective defense.
North Macedonia’s accession to NATO became possible after Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement in June 2018 that resolved their long-standing dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic.