Greek FM meets with Prime Minister and President of FYR Macedonia

Greek FM meets with Prime Minister and President of FYR Macedonia

Athens, June 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The commitment for continuous improvement of good neighborly relations voiced the Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias and the Prime Minister of FYR Macedonia Nikola Gruevski at a meeting Wednesday in Skopje.

According to the announcement of Gruevski’s office, the two men welcomed and positively assessed the Confidence Building Measures between the two countries, while they underlined the importance of the negotiating process under the auspices of the UN to find a mutually acceptable solution on the name issue open which remain open.

Also mentioned in the statement is that Kotzias and Gruevski stressed the commitment to include the whole area in the EU countries, while they discussed and the possibilities to enhance the overall cooperation between the two countries in areas of common interest.

Kotzias-Ivanov meeting

Earlier, Kotzias met with the President of FYR Macedonia, during which there was an exchange of views on all bilateral relations.

Ivanov estimated that the adoption of CBM is an important step for the further upgrading of bilateral relations and can contribute to creating a positive climate for overcoming the difference over the name.

At the same time, he said that politicians should follow this new reality that exists between societies, citizens and business communities of the two countries and stressed the readiness of FYR Macedonia to further strengthen cooperation with Greece in all fields of common interest, while he reaffirmed the readiness for a meeting with the President of the Greek Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

In the statement issued by Ivanov’s office, it is stated that the Macedonian President also stressed that the integration of the Western Balkans into the EU is essential for the stability and development of the region and noted that the EU should find solutions and maintain the credibility of the enlargement.

The Greek Foreign Minister also met with his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki, the Deputy Prime Minister responsible for European affairs, Fatmir Besimi, and with leaders of the main parties FYR Macedonia.

On Wednesday evening Kotzias traveled from Thessaloniki to Belgrade by plane, while he will also visit the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica.