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12 Feb, 2019 12:40

Macedonia raises NATO flag at main govt building ahead of name change

Macedonia has raised a NATO flag at its main government building, as members of the alliance continued to ratify the Skopje’s accession agreement. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said at a ceremony in the capital on Tuesday that Macedonia had achieved a “historic goal” in being accepted into NATO under its new name, North Macedonia, AP reports. The country is expected to formally adopt the name later this week. All of NATO’s 29 current members must ratify the accession. Slovenia became the second country to do so on Tuesday, after Greece, which has lifted its objections to Macedonia’s membership. Athens and Skopje earlier reached a name-change deal that ended a dispute lasting nearly three decades.