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Foreign Minister Sven Mikser: NATO’s open door policy continues
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Foreign MInister Sven Mikser and ambassador to NATO Kyllike Sillaste-Elling (Photo: NATO)
Today’s meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels focused on taking forward NATO’s relationship with the Western Balkan countries and opportunities to support Afghanistan. The Allies reaffirmed commitment to NATO’s open door policy.
“Macedonia* and Greece have demonstrated good will to solve the Macedonia name dispute. Hopefully it will make it possible to welcome Macedonia as the 30th member of NATO next year,” Foreign Minister Mikser said at the meeting.
Mikser explained that the NATO accession perspective will increase regional stability and foster the development of common values. “It is a process that will improve safety in the NATO neighbourhood and consequently the safety of Allies,” he added.
Next steps in relations between NATO and Bosnia and Herzegovina were also discussed. The ministers affirmed NATO’s readiness to accept the submission of the country’s first Annual National Programme (ANP), which will support Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementing political, economic and defence reforms.
Foreign Minister Mikser also underscored the need to turn more attention to Russian strategic influence operations in the Western Balkan region.
NATO allies and partners supporting Afghanistan discussed opportunities to promote the country’s peace process and enhance security. In recent months, NATO Allies have increased their support for Afghanistan with additional funds and forces.