Greece’s foreign minister says he’s confident a preliminary deal to rename neighboring FYR Macedonia will be fully ratified despite opposition in both countries.

Nikos Kotzias says he hopes and believes FYR Macedonians will back the name change to “North Macedonia” in a September 30 referendum.

If implemented, the agreement will end a decades-old bilateral dispute and ease FYR Macedonia’s accession to NATO and the European Union.

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