DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you for that kind introduction, Prime Minister. It is a great honor to be here with you today. I have had already a fruitful visit to Macedonia. I have had the honor of meeting several government officials. As I have discussed in my meetings with Prime Minister Zaev, with Foreign Minister Dimitrov, the United States strongly supports full implementation of the Prespa Agreement, which will allow Macedonia to take its rightful place in NATO and the EU as the Republic of North Macedonia, contributing to regional stability, security, and prosperity. We are committed to the security and stability of southeast Europe, and Macedonia is a key part of that stability. Indeed, we see Macedonia as a leader in the region in its commitment to peace, stability, and cooperation.

I applaud Prime Minister Zaev and Foreign Minister Dimitrov, and the courageous leadership of those Members of Parliament who, in October, took the next step to secure a brighter future for Macedonia and its citizens. Your votes have set your country on a path to a safer, more secure, and more prosperous future.

Now, as the implementation process continues in Parliament, we urge more members to set aside partisan interests and remain focused on your shared strategic goals. There is no alternative answer. Your hopes for a brighter future for your country are within your grasp. It is critical that Macedonia not lose sight of its reform priorities to strengthen the rule of law, enhance the independence of the judiciary, and to improve governance and the capacity of institutions to serve the people.

The United States shares your commitment to peace and security in the region and the world, and we look forward to an even closer partnership in the future.

Thank you again, Prime Minister, for your kind hospitality and for such a productive visit.” (US Department of State)