Yesterday North Macedonia’s flag was raised alongside 29 other NATO countries at the headquarters in Brussels. On Friday North Macedonia became the 30th member of the NATO alliance. “North Macedonia is now part of the NATO family, a family of 30 nations and almost 1 billion people. A family based on the certainty that, no matter what challenges we face, we are all stronger and safer together,” commented NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. President Stevo Pendarovski said in a statement that while the event is overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic, their country is rejoicing over the historic event and success. North Macedonia had been trying to join for over 20 years, but continually ran into a name dispute with Greece.