UPDATED 6:57 AM PT — Fri. July 6, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence is welcoming the settlement of the decades-long name dispute between Greece and Macedonia.
In two separate phone calls Thursday, Pence congratulated the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev.
Pence called the agreement “historic,” and highlighted the commitment of both nations to peace and stability in the Balkan region.
The deal will rename Macedonia as Northern Macedonia, and will open up negotiations between the country’s leaders, NATO and the EU.
“As we’ve said many times, the final agreement is not harmful, it is the opposite; not only will it not risk the Macedonian national identity, the Macedonian language and the Macedonian model of coexistence, but it will further reaffirm them, and it strengthens more than ever,” stated Zaev.
Northern Macedonia’s negotiations are set to take place in June of next year.