November 9, 2016
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President-elect of the United States of America
Dear President-elect Trump,
On behalf of Macedonian-Americans, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) extends our heartfelt congratulations on your historic victory to be the 45th President of the United States of America.
Half a million Americans are of Macedonian heritage. Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey are home to sizeable Macedonian-American communities.
We look forward to working with you, President-elect Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and your entire Administration to expand and strengthen the bonds between the United States and the Republic of Macedonia. The 2008 U.S.-Macedonia Strategic Partnership Agreement, brokered by President George W. Bush, is a policy platform that under your leadership can expand our mutual interests in security, investments, and trade. It is also our hope that in time Macedonia will be included in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.
Macedonia is a strong ally, advocating for peace and stability in a region that suffers from the aftermath of wars and socio-economic instability. Macedonia is the Balkan strategic equivalent of Israel, Southeastern European stability or instability rests there. The country will face historic and important elections on December 11, 2016 – a key to its own democracy.
Macedonia has been one of the United States’ strongest and most-dependable allies. Although Macedonia is not part of NATO, its soldiers have always protected our U.S. soldiers through the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and were the logistical center for NATO’s mission in Kosovo.
Twelve years ago, President Bush recognized Macedonia under its constitutional name, and it is our high hope that with your help and leadership, the UN will finally pronounce the so-called farcical “name negotiation” efforts as null and void. We also harbor great hope that you will help ensure Macedonia’s place at the NATO table, and will call for equal human rights and religious freedom of minorities in Greece, including Macedonians and those of the Macedonian Orthodox faith.
Once again, congratulations. We look forward to the new historic era of friendship between the United States and Macedonia, and hope that one of your first visits outside of the U.S. will be to Macedonia.
Sincerely, in partnership,
Metodija A. Koloski
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is a leading international non-governmental organization promoting the interests and needs of Macedonians and Macedonian communities worldwide.