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Minister Darmanović in Skopje: Regional integration is important for European perspective

Minister Darmanović in Skopje: Regional integration is important for European perspective
Published date: 09.11.2017 00:00 | Author: MFA

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, PhD Srdjan Darmanovic met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, during his official visit to Skopje.

It is was jointly assessed that there are no open issues between Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia and that the relations between the two countries represent an example of excellent cooperation in the region.

Minister Darmanovic pointed out that one of the priorities of the presidency of the US-Adriatic Charter, which Montenegro takes over from Macedonia on January 1, 2018, will be to support Macedonian membership in NATO.

It was concluded that there is room for improvement of economic cooperation, through the announced formation of the Mixed Commission for Economic Cooperation between Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia.
In this context, the upcoming opening of the Consulate of Montenegro, headed by the Honorary Consul in Stip, is expected to give a significant momentum to strengthening the overall ties.
In addition to the host, the Montenegrin Minister also met with the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov. On this occasion, it was pointed out that the relations between the two countries are characterised not only by cooperation in many areas, but also by maintaining a frequent political dialogue.
Minister Darmanović reiterated Montenegro’s willingness to convey experiences from the current integration processes to Macedonia with a view to better and faster fulfillment of the requirements and achievement of standards for full membership in NATO and the EU.

In this regard, the two officials discussed the importance of joint participation in regional initiatives such as the Berlin Process.
Speaking with Speaker of the Parliament Talat Xhaferi, the two officials estimated that the two countries have a common goal – to join the European Union, and in that regard Montenegro’s experiences will be highly significant to Macedonia.
During his official visit to Skopje, the Montenegrin Foreign Minister also met with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who emphasised that the relations between Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia are developing for the benefit of the citizens of two countries and that regional integration is important for the their European perspective.

The importance of the initiative for the establishment of the Skopje-Podgorica-Sarajevo airline was highlighted.
During the meeting, opinions were exchanged on the current state of affairs in the Western Balkans and the role of the region in preserving wider European stability were exchanged.

After meetings with top Macedonian officials, Minister Darmanovic spoke with the Honorary Consuls of Montenegro in Macedonia, Milorad Andrijasevic and Branko Azeski, and the presidents of the two immigrants communities, Boris Popivoda and Medo Balic.