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Press Release:

Skopje, 02 March 2020 - FM visits North Macedonia

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman 2 March 2020 visit Skopje, where he met with North Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.

The two officials expressed satisfaction with friendly relations between Croatia and North Macedonia, welcoming the intensified high-level visits during Croatia’s Council of the EU presidency. In addition, they commended the European Commission’s positive report on North Macedonia’s progress as an important event and a sign that the country is heading in the right direction.

“The EU-Western Balkans Summit will take place 20 years after the Zagreb Summit that opened European prospects for Croatia and Southeast Europe as a whole. We want this summit to be a turning point in the relations between the EU and Western Balkan countries and to be their signpost for the next 10 years,” Grlić Radman told the press after the talks with his North Macedonian counterpart.

In addition, the two ministers exchanged views on the revised methodology for the accession negotiations, concurring that it clearly underlined the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries in a time of new geopolitical challenges and needs.

This meeting is yet another indicator of Croatia and North Macedonia’s joint commitment to building even better political, economic and overall relations.  

During his visit to Skopje, Grlić Radman also met with North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani, Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski and EU Ambassador to North Macedonia Samuel Žbogar.