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President Pendarovski meets members of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security

16 September 2019 | Meetings, Press release

The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, had a meeting with the members of the Committee on Defense and Security of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia.

The meeting was attended by members and their deputies from the government and the opposition, a practice that, according to the President, should be at all meetings that discuss national security issues.

“I am the president of all, no matter who has nominated or voted for me. At the Security Council meeting I also invited the leader of the opposition. I will continue to do so, because the defense and security of the state are not a personal matter”, President Pendarovski said.

President Pendarovski positively assessed the security reforms and stressed the fact that they are supported by both the government and the opposition.

The meeting exchanged views on the current situation in the Republic of North Macedonia in the field of defense and security, as well as on the situation in the region.

President Pendarovski informed the committee members that so far, 22 states have completed the process of ratification of North Macedonia’s Accession Protocol to NATO, while the remaining seven member states have no political impediments to completing the process.

In the context of security in the region, the state leadership’s stance is, the President informed, that changing the borders of the Balkans is a dangerous idea.

At the meeting, President Pendarovski was briefed on the current work of the commission and the adoption of laws in the security sphere. The committee members positively assessed the possibility of meeting the President of the Republic of North Macedonia and emphasized his role in overcoming the divisions in the society. President Pendarovski said that joint coordination and regular communication with the Commission will be maintained in the future.

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