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NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer "will now issue official invitations to Albania and Croatia to join NATO," he said.
Croatia and Albania will "take their seats as members of the alliance" at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 60th anniversary summit at the end of the week, he added.
In Ljubljana on Friday, Slovenian President Danilo Turk officially ratified Croatia's accession to NATO, after a referendum that threatened to hold up the process failed to materialize.