The Head of the US European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, General Curtis Scaparrotti met Thursday Macedonian Vice-PM and Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska, attending with her a tactical exercise of Macedonian Army (ARM). The NATO official praised ARM for its readiness to deal with difficult situation, adding that NATO praises their high professionalism, demonstrated through the participations of ARM in NATO missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. Scaparrotti welcomed Macedonia’s progress in its integration in NATO, adding that he is looking forward to seeing the country as NATO’s 30th member-state. “Your nation is growing a bright future and is making progress. NATO shares your commitment to democracy, rule of law as well as security and stability in the region. Your continued support is important not just for the Western Balkans but also for the whole of Europe. Through your long partnership with NATO, your nation has already achieved significant progress in defence reforms and military interoperability with the allies. Acknowledging the historic Alliance invitation to begin accession talks to join NATO, we recognise that challenges remain and that there is much work ahead. At the same time, we look forward to providing our practical support to your military authorities in the accession process,” Scaparrotti noted.