Hoyt Yee: Sofia-Skopje good neighbourliness treaty is important for whole region

Hoyt Yee: Sofia-Skopje good neighbourliness treaty is important for whole region

The treaty of friendship, good neighbourliness and co-operation between Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia is important not only for those two countries but also for the whole region, according to Hoyt Yee, US deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia.

In talks during the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia, Yee congratulated Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva on the treaty, the Foreign Ministry said on September 5.

“One of the greatest merits of this treaty was that it was made without help, so we showed that we can solve our questions without intermediaries,” Zaharieva said.

“We hope this treaty will create an appropriate atmosphere in which the Republic of Macedonia will improve its relations with other neighbours,” Yee said, according to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry statement.

Zaharieva and Yee discussed the current political situation in the region, Bulgaria’s foreign policy initiatives and efforts to achieve energy diversification in the Balkans.

A leading conference in Central and South East Europe, the annual Bled Strategic Forum provides a high-level platform for discussion of pressing regional and global issues.

By its own description, the forum, attracting more than 500 participants, including heads of state and government, ministers, diplomats, representatives of the business sphere, scholars and the media from around the world, offers a unique opportunity for bilateral and multilateral meetings with the foremost regional and global stakeholders and a possibility for extensive networking between political and business leaders of today./ΙΒΝΑ