In a ceremony held recently at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, North Macedonia officially joined the military alliance as its 30th member. The alliance's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said during the ceremony that it is important to stand together as the organization, member countries and the entire world are at war with the coronavirus.
North Macedonia was accepted as a member of NATO with the approval of the US State Department and the European Union. It followed a dispute with neighboring Greece over the name of the new country, previously part of Yugoslavia. Its official name is the Republic of North Macedonia, and its capital is the city of Skopje.