“Eleven Members of the U.S. Congress led by Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) have sent a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressing support for Macedonia’s admission to NATO, pointing out that this is key for U.S. interests in the Balkans.

The press release issued by the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) quotes the letter as saying that ever since the establishment of full diplomatic relations in 1995, the United States of America has readily supported Macedonia’s aspirations for full integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions and remains committed to helping Macedonia strengthen its democratic foundations.

‘A vibrant, multi-cultural nation,’ Members of U.S. Congress write, ‘Macedonia has a bright future ahead. We look forward to engaging with the government institutions and people of Macedonia to ensure that it realizes its full potential. We believe it is time for Macedonia’s membership in NATO.’ (Macedonia-MK, a copy of the letter can be seen here)