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FM Dimitrov attends meeting of OSCE Permanent Council

FM Dimitrov attends meeting of OSCE Permanent Council

Skopje, 12 October 2017 (MIA) - Macedonia is strongly determined to use the new chance it is given to finally affirm the country in the family of developed democratic societies, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said in an address Thursday before the Permanent Representatives of OSCE members as part of a session Thursday of the OSCE Permanent Council.

Addressing the event, Dimitrov presented the optimism prevailing in Macedonia's society after the prolonged crisis saying the citizens had great expectations both from the new government and the international community as well involving a long-awaited fulfillment of the aspirations to join NATO and the EU, the Foreign Ministry (MoFA) said.

The Macedonian Minister presented the reform agenda included in the government's Plan 3-6-9 all the while referring to the areas covered by the reforms in separate fields, namely rule of law, electoral system, strong, professional institutions, development of sound control mechanisms, especially independent judiciary and freedom of the press.

Also, Dimitrov offered an insight into the new vision of Macedonia to nourish relations with the neighbors and the need to establish friendships and mutual understanding, said the press release.

Moreover, FM Dimitrov during his working visit to OSCE held a meeting with the Organization's Secretary General Thomas Greminger and brief talks with Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, to share views about future activities and mutual cooperation as support was expressed regarding the government's reform commitment.

During the working visit to Vienna, Minister Dimitrov also met Michael Linhart, Secretary-General of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, for discussions on several issues of interest of the two countries. He voiced gratitude for Austria's support to Macedonia's European ambitions saying he hoped it would continue in the future, for which he was assured by his Austrian host by saying that the EU enlargement process would be high on the agenda of Austria's presidency, stated the press release. ba/18:46

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