“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met on August 21 with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov. The Secretary congratulated his counterpart on the historic Prespa Agreement between Macedonia and Greece. The Secretary expressed his support for the Prespa Agreement, the implementation of which will allow the country to join NATO as North Macedonia and facilitate the opening of accession negotiations with the European Union. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed the next steps in the implementation of the agreement, including the upcoming September 30 referendum. The Secretary noted the referendum presented an opportunity for citizens to voice their opinions on an issue of vital importance to the future of Macedonia.” (US State Department)