With 140 votes in favor of and without any withheld or against, this morning, the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria ratified the Protocol for the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia into NATO.

The session was attended by the President of the Macedonian Parliament, Talat Xhaferi and the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zaharieva who said that the policy of NATO enlargement is considered to be one of the most successful prosperity instruments.

-Bulgaria is a constant supporter for North Macedonia’s accession into NATO. Bulgaria accepted the task to work on speeding up the process of this country’s North-Atlantic integration, including the inner reforms and the stabilization of the region. The NATO membership is marking a new phase regarding both countries’ relations – said Zaharieva.

The session wasn’t attended by MPs from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party who are boycotting the Parliament due to the changes in the Election Code.

Before the plenary session, Xhaferi has met with his Bulgarian colleague, Cveta Karajancheva, and has expressed his gratitude fo the efforts and the support that Sofia has given for the European and the Euro-Atlantic integrations.

The NATO Accession Protocol was firstly ratified by Greece and so far it was ratified by Slovenia and Albania.