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Continuing in the direction of reform: Minister of State Roth meets Foreign Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 

Minister of State Roth meets Nikola Dimitrov, Foreign Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, FFO

Minister of State Roth meets Nikola Dimitrov, Foreign Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, FFO, © AA

11.12.2017 - Article

How can the ambitious reform agenda of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia be effectively implemented? On 11 December, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth met Nikola Dimitrov, Foreign Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at the Federal Foreign Office to discuss this question.

The talks also focused on the positive development of the country in a regional context.

Importance of consistently driving forward implementation of reforms

With regard to the situation within the country, Foreign Minister Dimitrov outlined the current state of implementation of the ambitious reform agenda.  He also emphasised his country’s determination to undertake further efforts to move closer to the goals of EU and NATO membership.
Minister of State Roth encouraged his guest to continue to consistently drive forward the reform efforts. He said that it was now important to see concrete results, adding that a particular focus should be placed on the issues of the rule of law and good governance. Roth assured Dimitrov that the country could continue to rely on German support.

Positive signals to the region

With regard to the regional situation, Roth commended the positive steps that the new government had taken towards its neighbours since coming into power in June 2017. “We need this positive momentum in the region,” the Minister of State declared. He said that improvements in the atmosphere with Greece were also important for creating trust in connection with the unresolved issue of the country’s name. “Confidence‑building is crucial,” Roth said.

Close cooperation with its partner Germany

Last Tuesday (6 December), Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth met Radmila Šekerinska, Defence Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Foreign Minister Dimitrov last met Roth during the latter’s visit to Skopje in July. 

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