The following is the text of a joint statement by the United States of America and the Republic of North Macedonia on the occasion of the United States-North Macedonia Strategic Dialogue.
On June 2, 2022, the governments of the United States and North Macedonia held a strategic dialogue in Washington, DC, focused on deepening the bilateral partnership. North Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani and US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. Karen Donfried led the strategic dialogue. They affirmed the strong relationship between their two countries and looked forward to jointly advancing common security and prosperity priorities bilaterally, on the European continent and around the world.
The United States and North Macedonia underscored their strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and its freedom to pursue its chosen European future. They called on Russia to immediately end its unprovoked war and withdraw completely from Ukraine. The United States and North Macedonia affirmed their commitment to Western Balkan regional integration through political, economic and security initiatives, and underscored their support for economic integration and prosperity of the Western Balkans. The United States stressed the importance of advancing the EU accession process for North Macedonia and Albania as soon as possible. They supported North Macedonia’s constructive involvement in regional stability and security initiatives, including Initiatives VIII and B6, launched by North Macedonia, as well as North Macedonia’s intention to become a member of the Three Seas Initiative. The United States looked forward to supporting North Macedonia’s work as it assumes the OSCE Chairmanship in 2023.
Defense and Security
As a new NATO ally, North Macedonia underlined its commitment to promoting peace and stability on the European continent. The United States and North Macedonia both stressed the strategic importance of developing high-end defense capabilities, conducting bilateral exercises and training activities to improve interoperability and readiness, as well as the importance of honoring NATO commitments in support of collective security. The United States recognized North Macedonia’s achievements in modernizing and equipping its armed forces with advanced military assets, as well as efforts to advance its cybersecurity and cyberdefense capabilities. The United States welcomed the development of the Krivolak training area in North Macedonia to serve the complex training missions of NATO allies and partners. The United States welcomed North Macedonia’s signing of the 1951 Agreement on the Status of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, National Representatives and International Staff (also known as the ” Ottawa Accord”). The United States and North Macedonia reaffirmed their cooperation within the United States-Adriatic Charter (A5), as a unique platform for regional cooperation, and look forward to working closely together in the upcoming Presidency of the Charter by North Macedonia in 2023.
Energy and Environment
Both countries reaffirmed their commitment to increase energy diversification and independence to support national security and in a way to prevent the worst effects of climate change by keeping within reach a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius increase in temperature. The United States and North Macedonia reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen their partnership in transitional and renewable energy production. North Macedonia reiterated its commitments to phase out coal by 2030 and contribute to the Global Methane Pledge’s goal of a 30% reduction in global anthropogenic methane emissions by 2030 from baseline levels. 2020.
The United States and North Macedonia affirmed their commitment to expanding educational, cultural, and professional exchanges that promote mutual understanding between the peoples of both nations and reflect shared values, aspirations, and goals. The United States congratulated North Macedonia for joining the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance as a full member in 2022. Both countries look forward to strengthening the promotion of education and of a historically accurate memory.
Bilateral cooperation, good governance and rule of law
Both countries are committed to promoting democracy, the rule of law and human rights regionally and globally, and build on the pledges made at President Biden’s Democracy Summit. The Year of Action is an opportunity for both countries to implement the commitments of the Summit and to continue our efforts to strengthen democracy at home, regionally and globally. The United States welcomed North Macedonia’s interest in becoming a partner country in the United States Customs and Border Protection Global Entry Program.
Trade and investment
The two countries reaffirmed their joint commitment to broaden and deepen bilateral economic and trade cooperation. The United States has recognized North Macedonia as a strategically important emerging market with strong growth potential. North Macedonia and the United States expressed their readiness to seize trade opportunities, advance business climate reforms, and continue to identify and reduce barriers to trade and investment.