At the Alliance Headquarters in Brussels was held the second day of the NATO North Atlantic council

24 March 2021

Today, at the Alliance Headquarters in Brussels the second day of the NATO North Atlantic council at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs took place which was attended by the Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani.

One of the main topics of this ministerial meeting was the further development of the NATO 2030 initiative, and the way for NATO to continue to adapt to changes in terms of security and the growing threats. Minister Osmani at the NATO North Atlantic Council underlined that “The Republic of North Macedonia shares the same values with the allies and that the country is prepared to contribute to the protection of security and promotion of cooperation.” 

At the meeting, the trans-Atlantic partnership was high on the agenda, whereupon member-states agreed that trans-Atlantic relations remain a cornerstone of our collective defence and are of great importance for political cohesion. The ministers decided to open a new chapter in trans-Atlantic relations at the next NATO Summit and to adopt new guidelines for the future of the Alliance up to and after 2030, as well as to further strengthen the political dimension of NATO including holding consultations. During the meeting, the recommendations for updating the NATO Strategic Concept were accepted.

At today’s third session, the need for increasing the strategic cooperation between NATO and the EU was also stressed. “Similarly to NATO, the European perspective will also contribute to the stability and security of our region. We should not allow ambivalence to result in divergence that could be easily taken advantage of by foreign actors. Therefore, the Western Balkans’ joining the EU is of significant importance”, said Minister Osmani.

Regarding Afghanistan, the ministers highlighted the full support for the efforts to strengthen the peace process, noting that only through a solution reached through negotiations can sustainable peace be secured and if can be prevented for Afghanistan to become a platform of international terrorism once again. The ministers also exchanged opinions on the Near East, North Africa, the NATO Mission in Iraq, hybrid and cyber challenges, weapons control, disarmament, non-proliferation and combatting terrorism.

In the margins of today’s meeting, Minister Osmani had bilateral meetings with the Foreign Minister of Portugal, which is the country currently presiding with the EU, Augustos Santos Silva. In addition to security challenges, the two ministers discussed the European file of the Republic of North Macedonia, especially the chances to complete the Council decision to open negotiations during the Portuguese Presidency.

Minister Osmani also met with the Foreign Minister of Finland, Pekka Olavi Haavisto. At the meeting, the interlocutors exchanged opinion on the close partnership between NATO and Finland, the European agenda for the Republic of North Macedonia and the EU enlargement process, as well as the opportunities to deepen the overall relations through promotion of the political dialogue.

At the NATO North Atlantic Council, the Foreign Ministers approved and signed several harmonized documents about the topics that were discussed in the framework of NATO.