The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has greeted President Gjorge Ivanov’s decision to grant the mandate to SDSM party leader, Zoran Zaev in order to form a government.

“This is a step in the right direction and the right thing to do. I encourage the swift formation of a new government, a timely confirmation vote in parliament and a constructive attitude by all parties. It is important the country can start to focus on its urgently needed reforms. I urge all those concerned to continue their efforts to advance the country’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations”, said Stoltenberg’s statement.