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Madrid ratifies NATO protocol, Skopje to formalize Alliance’s membership

March 17, 2020

Spain has ratified the North Macedonia Protocol for NATO membership, as the last Alliance’s member country to do so, the Beta news agency reported on Tuesday.

The news was broken at a media conference in Skopje by North Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov accompanied by the Spanish ambassador to Skopje Emilio Lorenzo Serra.

Dimitrov said the Spanish Senate ratified the Protocol unanimously over the weekend and thanked Madrid for putting it on the agenda in “such difficult time for the world, Europe and Spain.”

"Spain was the 29th, the last NATO member state to ratify the accession protocol and thus ended the process,” Dimitrov said.

The next steps include that Spain’s ratification is sent to State Department, then Washington will pass it on to NATO in Brussels, and the Alliance will then formally invited Skopje to deposit its instrument – the Law on Ratification of the North-Atlantic Agreement.

“The ends our three-decades-long process, effort and wish to become. Part of the North-Atlantic family,” Dimitrov said.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a578889/North-Macedonia-to-become-NATO-30th-member-state-soon.html

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