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Macedonia, Kosovo share the same Euro-Atlantic orientation, says Deputy PM Osmani

Macedonia, Kosovo share the same Euro-Atlantic orientation, says Deputy PM Osmani

Skopje, 18 January 2018 (MIA) - Deputy PM in charge of EU affairs Bujar Osmani hosted Thursday the first Joint Committee on EU Integration between Macedonia and Kosovo.

Kosovo was represented by officials of the Ministry of European Integration, led by the Minister of European Integration, Dhurata Hoxha. In addition to Deputy PM Osmani, Macedonia was represented by officials of the Secretariat for European Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting took place as part of the agreement for cooperation on matters related to European integration, signed by Macedonia's Secretariat for European Affairs and Kosovo's Ministry of European Integration.

Before the meeting held at the Secretariat for European Affairs in Skopje, the two government officials held a news conference.

Deputy PM Osmani expressed satisfaction with the organization of the first-ever meeting of the Macedonia-Kosovo Joint Committee on EU Integration. In its capacity as a working inter-state body, it will play a pivotal role in sharing knowledge, improving cross-border and regional cooperation, exchange of experience as well as sharing of ideas and suggestions regarding the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the two countries.

In addition to the benefits from the exchange of experience, the meeting also focused on matters involving regional cooperation, especially in terms of EU funds, as well as on joint projects as part of the Berlin Process.

"Alongside close bilateral relations, Macedonia and Kosovo also share the same Euro-Atlantic orientation that has been producing both joint regional and European challenges. The two countries are small and landlocked and their progress depends on successful regional cooperation and on integration into large organizations such as the EU and NATO," stressed Osmani. ba/13:34

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