June 12, 2018 / 4:07 PM / 9 months ago

Greece and Macedonia reach historic accord on name row-Greek official

FILE PHOTO: Greece's Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras speaks during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece and Macedonia have reached an agreement on how to end their long-running name dispute, a Greek government official said on Tuesday.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was briefing President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Tuesday afternoon. Tsipras was widely expected to give a state address later in the day.

Officials had earlier told Reuters a deal over the name was imminent. The decades-old dispute between the two neighbours had been an obstacle to Macedonia joining either the NATO military alliance or the European Union.

Reporting by Renee Maltezou, writing by Michele Kambas

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