Greece's prime minister hailed North Macedonia as a "friendly" partner and called on it to join efforts to establish "safety, stability, and cooperation" in the Balkan region after his parliament approved a measure for it to join the NATO alliance.
He was referring partly to the many ongoing reforms in the country - but also to the fact that all 29 parliaments of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries will have to ratify the protocol before Macedonia can become a full member. DD News has been successfully discharging its responsibility to give balanced, fair and accurate news without sensationalizing as well as by carrying different shades of opinion.
"I feel we did our patriotic duty".
Negotiations between Greece and Macedonia were protracted and hard.
FYROM will then write to the United Nations, its member states and worldwide organizations, formally announcing the name change.
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The ratification by the Greek MPs of the protocol signed by permanent representatives of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states earlier this week at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels, opens the way for Greece's northern neighbour to start using its new name.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech during a parliament session in Athens, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.
Syriza has 145 seats in parliament but has support from a number of independents, allowing it to muster a majority in voting.
Lawmakers voted 153-140 to back the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation protocol that must now also be approved by all other alliance members.
The NATO ratification process typically takes about a year, and the United States has said it expects North Macedonia to formally join the alliance in 2020.