SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – To show support for the reform process in the Former Yugoslav of Republic*, the Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy paid a visit to the country from July 19 to 20.
The Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Tacan Ildem met with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, the Speaker of Parliament, Taljat Xhaferi, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov. He also visited the only NATO certified Public Affairs Regional Center, located in Skopje.
During the meetings, as reported in the releases from Government, the Ministry of Defence, the Parliament, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ildem strongly encouraged the efforts of the new government to implement the reforms required for membership in NATO. He stressed that NATO expects concrete results according to the recommendations from the NATO Warsaw Summit Communique.
Shekerinska reiterated during her meeting with Ildem that membership in NATO is a strategic commitment for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia which is highly supported by the public.
On July 20, Ildem took part in a debate with Non-Governmental Organizations, think-tanks, representatives of the academia and other opinion makers in the country.
Ildem, on several occasions, emphasized readiness for reforms exists in the country and NATO supports the country on its road towards achieving them. He also underscored the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje as the primary venue through which NATO is extending support but, if required, assistance and expertise can be received from the different divisions of the NATO HQ in Brussels.
* Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.