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Thursday, May 24, 2018, 

Xhaferi-Iotova: Macedonia-Bulgaria friendship treaty to be ratified soon

Xhaferi-Iotova: Macedonia-Bulgaria friendship treaty to be ratified soon

Skopje, 14 December 2017 (MIA) - Macedonia-Bulgaria friendship treaty should be ratified soon by the Parliament of both countries, as it will create possibilities for cooperation in many spheres, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi and Vice-President Iliana Iotova agreed Thursday in Skopje.

Xhaferi extended gratitude for Bulgaria's support of Macedonia's bid to join the European Union and NATO, the Parliament said in a press release.

"Macedonia and its institutions have been working on adoption of the reform laws in the next few months and advancing the neighborly relations, hoping to obtain a positive European Commission's report next year,' Xhaferi said.

He asked Bulgaria - the next holder of the EU Presidency - to support a launch of Macedonia's EU accession talks.

Vice-President Iotova said Bulgaria would do its best Macedonia to get a date for starting the EU accession negotiations. The EU membership status should not only be a promise but a reality for Macedonia, she said.

Iotova also commended the efforts of Skopje and Athens for resolving the name issue. lk/17:34

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