During the visit to the US, at the Embassy in Washington, Defence Minister Slavjanka Petrovska delivered an address at the formal reception marking Independence Day, 8 September, and Army Day, 18 August.
She thanked the US for the support for developing democracy and solidifying peace. “In the early 90s, my country faced a big challenge. Declaring independence in peace by avoiding war and suffering. Today, highlighting the European concept of unity in diversity, we are working on constitutional changes to secure our EU path,” Petrovska noted.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Gabriel Escobar, ex-US Ambassador Jess Baily and representatives of the US Embassy in Skopje were among those who attended the reception.