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DM Jolevski in US: Macedonia deserves prompt accession to NATO

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Cooperation between countries is crucial when addressing asymmetrical threats facing the world, it was concluded at a roundtable of the Armed Services Committee at the US Senate, where Macedonian Defense Minister Zoran Jolevski was in attendance.

The event was addressed by several senators, including US Senator John McCain, congressmen and officials from SEE countries.

Minister Jolevski said that prompt integration of the countries in the region in NATO and the EU would contribute to further strengthening of the countries and in the region and positively affecting the stability and prosperity of SEE countries. At the same time, he urged NATO to extend membership invitation to Macedonia as soon as possible, MoD said in a press release.

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Jolevski in Washington also met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy Daniel Fata. Macedonia as part of NATO, Jolevski said, will play a role in establishing and maintaining a stable security climate in the region and beyond. Fata stressed that Macedonia and its army by taking part in ISAF until 2015 and afterwards in Resolute Support had demonstrated its exceptional commitment to the global values of peace and democracy.

Speaking at a debate on security and the migrant crisis in Western Balkans, organized by the German Marshall Fund, Minister Jolevski called on crisis-affected countries to cooperate more and better coordinate their activities.

Macedonian servicemen, he added, are quite exceptional when performing their tasks in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, international organizations and NGOs in order to regulate and alleviate the passage of migrants crossing the Macedonian-Greek border in the most humane way.

High-ranking officials in the US administration voiced preparedness to support Macedonia in its efforts to handle the migrant crisis.

At the debate, Minister Jolevski urged as soon as possible Macedonia to be extended NATO membership invitation and negotiations to be opened with the EU.

“The status quo of Macedonia’s integration bid is unsustainable,” the Macedonian Minister said stating that Macedonia had met NATO membership criteria as far back as 2008.