Macedonia Launches NATO Pre-Accession Talks

Macedonia is launching the NATO pre-accession talks, after the country officially received the membership invitation at the Alliance Summit in Brussels on July 12. A NATO delegation led by head of the Euro-Atlantic & Global Partnership Office at NATO, James Mackey, is visiting Macedonia for discussions on political, security, defence, financial and legal issues related to the membership negotiations with institutions involved in the process. Mackey told Wednesday’s press conference alongside National NATO Coordinator Stevo Pendarovski that he expects Macedonia to become the Alliance’s 30. member in approximately 18 months, after the completion of internal procedures in the country and the ratification by all NATO member-states.

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