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Dear North Macedonia, welcome to NATO

(B2) It's official. A thirtieth flag was raised in front of NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday (30 March): that of North Macedonia

North Macedonia flag-raising ceremony, Monday (March 30) (credit: NATO/AP capture)

A ceremony at Alliance Headquarters

Nearly twenty years after NATO's intervention in what was then the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the country is today part of the Atlantic Alliance in its own right. The documents of its accession treaty were deposited in Washington, depositary of the North Atlantic Treaty, on Friday (March 27). His accession was symbolized this afternoon by the raising of the colors of North Macedonia at NATO headquarters in Brussels. A ceremony in the presence of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the charge d'affaires of the North Macedonian delegation, Zoran Todorov. The flag was raised at the same time at SHAPE in Mons and, on the other side of the Atlantic, at Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk (USA). All accompanied by the North Macedonian national anthem.

The best friends of the world

Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Zoran Todorov, wishing the country the " welcome to NATO ". He recalled that " in times like these, friends and allies are more important than ever, and now North Macedonia has the best friends and allies in the world ". And to the Macedonian to answer: “ From now on, we are no longer alone. Now and forever, once and for all, we are NATO ". And to specify that membership in NATO “ it is a great achievement, because it is the guarantee of the protection and safeguarding of our democratic values ».

Enabled by historic agreement

NATO membership, Jens Stoltenberg underlined and recalled, “ was made possible » by signing the agreement with Greece on the name of North Macedonia. A " historical compromise ". It also " welcomed the decision of the European Union to begin accession negotiations » with North Macedonia, « another sign that your country is ready to take its place in the Euro-Atlantic family, contributing to greater security and stability for all ».

(Aurelie Pugnet)

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