The flag-raising ceremony for North Macedonia, which last week became the Alliance’s 30th member, was held at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday.
The ceremony, which was attended by only a few people because of the coronavirus, was broadcast live on the NATO website.
“By joining NATO, we will have stability, confidence, and prosperity in the future, and we will be able to participate in making important decisions,” said Zoran Todorov, North Macedonia’s representative to the Alliance.
He stressed that joining NATO guarantees not only the security of this small Balkan state but also the protection of democratic values. “We strive to take our place in the structures of NATO as soon as possible, we are ready to contribute to the construction of the Alliance and participate in the functioning of the organization,” Todorov said.
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.
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.
North Macedonia is also in talks to join the European Union.