The Slovenian embassy in the Macedonian capital of Skopje took over on 1 January as NATO contact point embassy in Macedonia for a period of two years, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Wednesday, 3 January.
The embassy serves as a link between NATO and the country. It informs the country's public and institutions about NATO and its activities, organises seminars, conferences and other events and offers logistic support during visits by high NATO representatives.
This is the second time a Slovenian embassy serves as a NATO contact point embassy, as the embassy in Vienna performed this task between 1 September 2004 and 31 December 2006, the ministry also wrote.
NATO has contact point embassies in non-NATO countries that take part in the Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative. Slovenia took over from the UK in Macedonia.