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Greece approves NATO protocol on Macedonia's accession

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The approved NATO's protocol for Macedonia's accession to the pact here on Friday, following a landmark name-change deal last week.

Macedonia's renaming to "The Republic of North Macedonia" was the name issue between and Macedonia, that had kept country from joining both the and the (EU), reports Al Jazeera.

"Today's vote closes the most important round of obligations involving Greece," Greek was quoted as saying before the vote in the Parliament.

"I'd like to welcome North Macedonia, a country friendly to Greece, a country that must be an ally in efforts to establish security, stability and peace in the region."

"History will judge us. I feel we have carried out our patriotic duty," Tsipras added.

NATO's presided over Wednesday's ceremony a NATO's headquarters, where was invited to join the pact. Macedonia's Foreign Minister, Nikola Dimitrov, signed the protocol on Skopje's behalf at the event.

The on January 26 passed the name-change deal with a majority of 153 votes in favour of the deal, while the 146 legislators voting against the deal, out of a total 300-seats in the Parliament.

has been attempting for decades to gain membership of the (NATO) and the (EU). However, raised objections to the official usage of Macedonia's name, arguing that it implies territorial aspirations against a northern Greek region with the same name.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 05:09 IST
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