Greece “strongly supports” the process of North Macedonia’s accession to the EU, President Katerina Sakellaropoulou said on Tuesday at an official dinner in honor of her North Macedonian counterpart Stevo Pendarovski, adding that the European integration of the Western Balkans is a strategic objective.
“As countries sharing borders, Greece and North Macedonia have an even greater responsibility to their peoples to collaborate and strengthen our bilateral relations based on respect for the principle of good neighborliness and international law, for the benefit of our countries and the region in general, ”Sakellaropoulou said at the presidential residence.
She added that the momentum for developing economic relations between the two countries is enormous, especially in the areas of interconnectivity, energy, investment and trade.
Pendarovski said he was honored to be the first President of the Republic of North Macedonia to visit Greece as such and said that “we had waited a full 30 years for this visit and we came as friends “.
He said that the Prespes agreement signed three years ago, which solved a complicated problem between the two countries, “was a difficult step for both countries but we succeeded, for the benefit of our common future.” In particular, North Macedonia’s dream of becoming a member of NATO came true, “and we are now officially allies, dedicated to the promotion and defense of common values, stability and prosperity. for the region and the Euro-Atlantic area as a whole ”.
Pendarovski added that the country has managed to achieve visible results “beyond all challenges” and in a short timeframe, while stressing that “there is hardly any sector in which we do not share the common benefit. progress”.
Thanking Greece for its unwavering support for the EU accession process, Pendarovski also expressed his belief that the volume of trade will increase soon, as will investments, and said the opportunity was ripe to create better ones. conditions for closer cooperation between the two countries.
He also invited his co-chair Sakellaropoulou to visit Skopje and continue their constructive talks.