- Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:36 PM
Skopje, 26 July 2017 (MIA) - It is in the interest of the Republic of Macedonia to develop and strengthen ties with its neighbor, the Republic of Bulgaria, because the country's ongoing progress in the Euro-Atlantic integration process is considered a mutual interest, it was concluded Wednesday at a meeting of VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski with the Bulgarian Ambassador to Macedonia, Ivan Velikov Petkov.
Petkov said the signing of the good neighborliness agreement would settle an exceptionally important issue and provide Macedonia with yet another partner and supporter of its efforts to join the EU and NATO, VMRO-DPMNE said in a press release.
On his part, Gruevski praised Bulgaria's commitment to helping Macedonia fulfill these goals, because they are also deemed a top priority by VMRO-DPMNE. The party, he said, has worked hard to harmonize the positions of the two countries in drafting a fair agreement. The lack of transparency demonstrated by the current administration when carrying out the process has resulted in increasing concerns as expressed by both the general public and experts alike.
"VMRO-DPMNE has put forward several constructive proposals. If incorporated in the final draft, the agreement would be significantly approved and would provide a clear example of the sincerity shown by the two sides to improve relations," stated Gruevski.
Furthermore, the VMRO-DPMNE president also met with British Ambassador to Macedonia, Charles Garrett. In the meeting, he stressed the importance of Macedonia becoming a member of the EU and NATO in due time saying he expected Western partners to make utmost efforts in bringing the country closer to Euro-Atlantic integration.
"The interlocutors discussed several pressing topics, with an emphasis on illegal sackings and brutal partisation - an operation orchestrated by SDS. The party president pointed out that the Special Public Prosecution was being politically manipulated and that judges were being under a lot of pressure to reach groundless rulings. Also, their talks focused on ways to pressure the media, which has resulted in unbiased reporting only in favor of the ruling coalition, which violates the right of the public to be accurately informed about matters of interest of the citizens," stated the press release. ba/19:33
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