DM Sekerinska: The Prespa Agreement reduces risks for the country and region

The  Republic of Macedonia received a positive response less than two months after it filed a motion for involvement in the European project for assessment of hybrid threats, said Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska on Thursday.

Minister Sekerinska met with Gabor Iklody, director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) of the European External Action Service, saying the Defense Ministry has undertaken the leading role as coordinator of the entire process, which involves 27 institutions.

“Finalization of the Prespa Agreement will enable Macedonia’s NATO accession, thus strengthening the stability and security of our country and the region in general, reducing risks of this type. Macedonia will, in a few weeks, acquire the right to attend and voice its opinions at all Alliance meetings,” said Sekerinska.

She said the Government is promoting a new policy of creating friends instead of enemies, the goal being cooperation and reconciliation in the region, building bridges and friendship with neighbors.

CMPD officials said the Western Balkans states are not only partners but also future EU members, whereas Brussels’ relationship with Macedonia is high on its agenda, said the Defense Ministry in a press release.