“The Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, today received a delegation of Congressmen of the United States of America, led by their colleague Bill Flores (R-TX).

The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia and Minister of Defense Radmila Sekerinska, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, National Coordinator for NATO Stevo Pendarovski, and Councilors in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Zoran Verushevski, Mitko Andreevski and Bojan Maricic, the congressmen the United States expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister and Government representatives, congratulated the achievement of the agreement with Greece, and acknowledged the current reforms ASCIs processes.” (translated from the Government of Macedonia)

“Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Radmila Sekerinska met with a group of US congressmen led by Texas Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX).

Minister Sekerinska said that Macedonia is proud of the strategic partnership with the United States and appreciates the support for EU and NATO integration, and the visit of US congressmen is another proof of this support.

‘There is no alternative to our citizens except the integration of the country into the EU and NATO – over 75% support the EU and NATO integration. NATO and EU membership will stimulate investment, trade, access to the wider common EU market, increase people’s mobility, goods and capital, help us create more jobs and keep the youth in their homeland. Investments in Montenegro after joining NATO increased twice in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period a year earlier, and it encourages’ the minister said.

The group of congressmen who today visited the Ministry of Defense included Congressmen David Price (D-TN), Susan Davis (D-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va).

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the ARM, Major General Azim Nuredin, US Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia, Jess Bailey and the US Defense Attaché in the Republic of Macedonia, Colonel Timothy Buchan.” (translated from the Ministry of Defense of Macedonia)