The White House withdrew and renominated an ambassador pick on Wednesday after the Republic of North Macedonia changed its name from the Republic of Macedonia.

Kate Marie Byrnes was initially nominated to the diplomatic role on Nov. 7, before Macedonia changed its name in January, ending one of the longest political disputes in European history.


Greece had been blocking Macedonia's ascension to NATO and the European Union for decades, arguing that the country's name implied that Macedonia's territory included Greece's Macedonia province.

The agreement to add "North" to Macedonia's official title came with the promise from Greece that they would allow the country to join the regional compacts and more formally integrate with the rest of Europe.

The country was formed during the breakup of Yugoslavia during the 1990s.