Thankfully, we have strength in numbers. NATO has grown to include 29 nations. This year, we’re preparing to welcome the 30th, North Macedonia, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, welcoming the fact that the documents for ratification of the Protocol for Membership of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO was submitted to the US Senate last week.

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov met with Pompeo at a joint meeting of the Congress on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO, with the US Secretary of State conveying his country’s strong commitment to our country’s membership in the Alliance by the end of year. Dimitrov also thanked the member states for their openness to the Republic of North Macedonia, not hiding his satisfaction of the country’s progress towards achieving its ultimate goal, the Macedonian Foreign Ministry said.

“We are as strong as the army and the economy are strong, and as strong as our democratic institutions. But we are also strong as we have friends! We will never walk alone again. With us will be 29 NATO allies – all for one, one for all!” Said Dimitrov.

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, in his address at the joint meeting of the Congress, attended by Minister Dimitrov, stressed that it is good to have friends. In this context, he thanked the member states for their openness towards the Republic of North Macedonia, also not hiding his satisfaction of the country’s progress towards achieving its ultimate goal, the Macedonian Foreign Ministry said.

In Washington, Dimitrov spoke to the “Voice of America”, and there was a joint television tour with Minister Katrougalos at PBS News Hour.

The Macedonian Foreign Minister also met with the foreign ministers of Turkey, Belgium, Iceland, Italy and Slovenia, focusing on the ratification of the NATO Protocol.

Today, a NATO meeting is being held with foreign ministers, for which for the first time, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia will participate as an “invited country”.