Macedonia Celebrates Its National Day

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The citizens of Macedonia today celebrated their 20 years of independence.

Macedonia is landlocked country and itis bordered by Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south and Albania to the west. Macedonia’s country’s capital is Skopje. It is a member of the UN and the Council of Europe. It has also been a candidate for joining the European Union (EU) and has applied for NATO membership since December 2005, according to Wikipedia.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Macedonia on their National Day.

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The monastery of Saint Panteleimon in Ohrid.

“Today is a reminder of all that you have accomplished, but also the challenges that remain. Since Macedonia’s independence, we have worked on a broad range of political, economic, cultural, military and social issues.” -Ms. Clinton

She said the United States has supported Macedonia’s development and transition over the last 20 years. She said the United States is committed to helping Macedonia strengthen rule of law, improve education, promote media freedom and build greater democratic foundations in a full, inclusive multi-ethnic

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“As you celebrate with family, friends and loved ones, know that the United States is a partner and friend. Congratulations on 20 years of independence and best wishes for a safe and prosperous future.” -Ms. Clinton

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