The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, received today a high delegation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia, led by the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Army, General Mirko Shundov.

The meeting reaffirmed the successful long-term cooperation between the two countries’ armies in training and education, as well as their joint participation in international exercises and missions. In addition to the positive cooperation between the armies at bilateral level, the excellent cooperation in regional initiatives was highlighted, particularly the cooperation under the US-Adriatic Charter initiative, which began as a format of cooperation between Albania, Macedonia and Croatia in 2003 and subsequently expanded to other Western Balkan countries.

The interlocutors concluded that with the future membership of North Macedonia in NATO, the country will become part of an alliance that does not only mean security and stability but also contribution to the economic progress of the societies.

President Pendarovski expressed his gratitude for the support that the Republic of Croatia continuously gives to the Republic of North Macedonia, which was particularly demonstrated with the ratification of the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO, as the Republic of Croatia was among the first states to ratify it. The President expressed his expectation that the ratification by all 29 member states of the Alliance would be completed as soon as possible and thus North Macedonia would become the 30th full-fledged member of the Alliance.

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