During a speech in which he thrice referred to his country by its future name, North Macedonia, FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday thanked parliamentarians in Athens and Skopje for ratifying the Prespes Agreement and allowing his country to join NATO under its new name.
Zaev was speaking at a ceremony to raise the NATO flag, alongside that the country flag, on the building housing the government’s headquarters. The ceremony was attended by ministers, NATO staff and NATO member-state ambassadors.
He noted that the ratification of the Prespes Agreement led to the ratification of the NATO Accession Protocol for his country and to fulfilling a strategic goal.
In a tweet posted on his Twitter account, along with photographs from the ceremony, Zaev stressed that his country’s future was now as NATO’s 30th member:
“Our future is no longer in the hands of fate. We succeeded! Our homeland is on the right track. We are becoming the 30th full member of #NATO. We are becoming a safe country. This is a new page in our history. Long live the Republic of North Macedonia!”