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U.S. Ambassador Baily: We are working to help Macedonia move forward

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We are working to help Macedonia move forward to NATO and EU membership and overcome the political crisis, said United States Ambassador Jess Baily at the Independence Day reception in Skopje late on Thursday.

“We have worked to help Macedonia move forward to NATO and EU membership. That includes increasing our joint training between our militaries. That means working to address Macedonia’s political crisis and to strengthen the rule of law and democratic institutions, as set out in the Przino Agreement. That last point has dominated the news, but we also know that Macedonia is much more than what’s in the headlines. Macedonia is its people, its heritage, and its natural beauty from the Shar mountains to Lake Dojran, from Lakes Ohrid and Prespa to the Osogova range. To know and understand Macedonia, we must also lift our eyes from our daily pursuits and appreciate this beauty that surrounds us. I’m blessed to be able to do that from these grounds, every day”, stressed Ambassador Baily.

The reception was attended by Macedonia’s top officials, representatives of institutions, NGOs, religious communities, diplomatic corps.

“Abraham Lincoln said, ‘the best way to predict the future is to create it.’ As we face the conflicts and challenges of today, let’s resolve them so that future generations will look back with pride on the decisions we made, and will commemorate them in the places where we made them”, stressed Baily.

This year America marks 240 years of independence and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. i