Greece, Macedonia sign historic name agreement

Belgrade, Greece and Macedonia sign today a historic agreement to

end their nearly three-decade-old dispute over the name Macedonia,

paving the way for the former Yugoslav republic to join NATO and begin moving towards EU membership, dpa reported.

Foreign Ministers Nikos Kotzias of Greece and Nikola Dimitrov of Macedonia signed the document in Psarades, on the shore of Lake Prespa, which is divided between the two countries and Albania.

"This is a historic step," Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said at the ceremony in comments carried by local broadcasters. "Our countries are leaving the past behind and are looking to the future." "What a beautiful, glorious and historic day," his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev said before the signing.

Under the new deal, the country will become the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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