Skopje, February 12, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
The new US ambassador to Skopje, Jess Baily (photo) has submitted today his credential papers to the president of Republic, George Ivanov, after which he has commented his new mission as a US diplomat in FYROM, collaboration and the process of Euro-Atlantic integration.
Ambassador Baily declared that the US wants to see FYROM as a country with a powerful, prosperous and multiethnic democracy, completely integrated in the Euro Atlantic community.
“USA and Macedonia have a strong bond, we share common goals and we work for the solution of problems in the world. USA want to see Macedonia with a strong, prosperous and multiethnic democracy, completely integrated in the Euro Atlantic community. I feel welcome in this country. I’ve had a good talk with the president and the foreign minister. USA are your friend, recognizing your constitutional name and respecting the right of its citizens”, declared ambassador Baily.
According to him, this country continues to offer its contribution for the development and advancement of relations with the USA.
President George Ivanov also praised the excellent relations with the USA.
“USA is one of our most important and strategic partners that has an impact in meeting our goals in the domain of foreign policies. Our biggest priorities are integration in the Euro Atlantic structures, good neighboring relations and regional cooperation. On the other hand, we’re not discouraged by blockades that violate international laws”, declared Ivanov.
Asked about the current political developments, especially about the scandal of surveillance published by the opposition, the US ambassador Baily underlined that the US is in favor of open and transparent investigations.
“The political situation is sensible and the investigations must be transparent and open, in compliance with the independence of the judicial system, rule of law, freedom of the media. I’m convinced that this situation will be solved by the citizens, political leaders and institutions of this country. State authorities have the obligation to solve this issue, based on the values of democracy and EU accession aspirations”, declared the new American ambassador, Jess Baily. /ibna/