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US congratulates Greece, Macedonia over settlement of name dispute

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The on Saturday lauded the unanimous decision of the to officially change the name of the country to the Republic of North

The also extended congratulations to both and following the end of the dispute between the two countries over this issue.

A press statement released by the stated, "The congratulates Prime Ministers and Zaev and welcomes the historic agreement to resolve the name dispute."

"This resolution will benefit both countries and bolster regional security and prosperity. Prime Ministers Zaev and Tsipras demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a mutually We also commend the commitment of UN for his steadfast efforts over more than two decades to end this dispute. We stand ready to support this agreement, as requested by the two countries," the statement further read.

For decades, has been trying 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.

At the same time, also claimed that using Macedonia's name officially was an attempt to annex the ancient civilisation of Macedonia, which was a Greek Kingdom ruled by of Macedon and

The agreement signed last year on June 12 by the Macedonian lawmakers to change the name of the former Yugoslav would wipe out the last remnant of Yugoslavia's name from the map.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 18:58 IST