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Zaev-Stoltenberg: North Macedonia remains committed to democratic reforms, Euro-Atlantic orientation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated SDSM leader Zoran Zaev on his election victory in a phone call on Sunday and voiced satisfaction with the re-election of the political leadership in North Macedonia, which took courageous and correct policies for the country to become NATO’s 30th member.

Skopje, 27 July 2020 (MIA) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated SDSM leader Zoran Zaev on his election victory in a phone call on Sunday and voiced satisfaction with the re-election of the political leadership in North Macedonia, which took courageous and correct policies for the country to become NATO’s 30th member.

According to SDSM, they agreed that this confirms the country’s commitment, as a NATO member, to continue on the reform path that means progress, development and stability.

It is especially important, Stoltenberg noted, that this happened following the resolution of major international issues and after the implementation of significant domestic reforms, which confirms the democratic capacity of the Macedonian people, SDSM said in a press release.

Zaev thanked Stoltenberg for his congratulations and stressed that these elections showed that the citizens supported the commitment and the correct reform path of the Government led by SDSM.

He stressed that North Macedonia remains firmly committed to democratic reforms and Euro-Atlantic orientation.

They agreed that the elections were conducted in fair and democratic atmosphere, befitting a NATO member state and a country that is opening EU accession talks, SDSM press release read.

Zaev said that the new government will again be led by SDSM which will continue to work committedly, especially in the field of economic progress, judicial reform, as well as policies that will ensure development and better living conditions for the citizens.

Stoltenberg said that the cooperation between NATO and North Macedonia as a NATO member, will continue in the future, but also the cooperation and support in terms of overcoming all the challenges we face.

Stoltenberg also has expressed interest regarding the COVID-19 situation, stressing that “NATO is here to help, when necessary.”

Expressing his appreciation for the support, Zaev said that in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, the country responded swiftly thus reducing the burden to the healthcare system, SDSM said in a press release.

 

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