Shekerinska concludes her visit to Washington: We have received strong messages of support and congratulations on our leadership, our partnership with the US continues

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Radmila Shekerinska concludes her visit to Washington. On the last day of her visit, she had meetings with Congressmen Mike Turner and Adam Smith, who repeated messages of support for Macedonia’s NATO membership and congratulated on the decisiveness in resolving the dispute that stood on our path toward the Alliance. The excellent bilateral cooperation in the defence between the two countries was confirmed, which will be intensified given the North Macedonia’s new position in NATO.

Shekerinska also spoke with the Congressmen about the need to accelerate the ratification of the Protocol for Membership, as soon as possible, to successfully complete the process of North Macedonia’s accession as the 30th member of NATO. It is important not only for our country, but for the security of the entire region as it will convey the message throughout the Balkans – that with cooperation and solutions to the problems, prosperity is guaranteed” the Minister said.

Shekerinska also shared the same support message at the meeting with Heather Conley and influential US professors and experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), at the meeting with the International Republican Institute (IRI) with President Daniel Twining and at the meeting with the President of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Derek Mitchell.

- We are completing our visit to Washington. After meeting with US Secretary of Defence Shanahan, the meetings in Pentagon and the State Department, the White House, we also had meetings in the Senate and the US Congress. At all meetings, we sent the same message – to ratify the Protocol for the accession of North Macedonia to NATO as soon as possible. We received strong messages of support and congratulations on our leadership, courage and determination in solving problems and turning toward the future. Our partnership with the United States continues and it will be a plus for our stability, our strategic goals and our economy” the Minister said.