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Zaev-Iotova: 2017 - significant for Macedonia-Bulgaria relations

Zaev-Iotova: 2017 - significant for Macedonia-Bulgaria relations

Skopje, 14 December 2017 (MIA) - Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Bulgarian Vice-President Iliana Iotova qualified the 2017 as a rather significant year for the relations between the two countries.

Next year this friendship should be crowned with Macedonia joining Bulgaria within NATO, as well as by opening of Macedonia's EU accession talks, Zaev and Iotova said.

Today's meeting, Zaev said is a result of the advancement of the bilateral relations, which have gained momentum after signing of the friendship treaty.

Referring to the government activities, Zaev notified the initiatives related to realization of the Euro-Atlantic aspirations and in this respect extended gratitude for Bulgaria's support of Macedonia's bid to join the European Union and NATO.

The next year will be rather significant for Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic agenda, Zaev said, adding that the EU members have already recognized the government's new approach to meeting the necessary criteria, namely the implementation of reforms at home and advancing the relations with neighbors.

In this respect he also notified the importance of establishing new relations and political climate between the SEE, especially the Western Balkan countries, the government said in a press release.

Such approach to the cooperation with neighbors, especially with Bulgaria, has been already yielding results, considering the interest of business communities of both countries in further advancing of the ties, the interlocutors concluded. lk/19:20

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