During an event organized by the George Marshall center, Talat Xhaferi said that he is certain Macedonia will join NATO by the end of the year.

I believe that at the NATO summit in London in December, the flag of the Republic of North Macedonia will be raised along with the flags of the other Alliance countries, as its 30th member, Xhaferi said.

The former Albanian terrorist commander also expressed his hope that “North Macedonia” will begin EU accession talks in 2019.

US Embassy charge d’affairs Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm said that the US is eager to see “North Macedonia” as the 30th member of NATO soon, and pointed out to the large US led military exercise that begins in the coming days as evidence of American contribution to the stability of the region.