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Mickoski-Vucic: The Balkans’ future is in the hands of progressive politicians who can protect state interests and contribute to building integrated societies

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski together with Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski met Wednesday in Belgrade with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic.

The party informs that the interlocutors exchanged opinions and views on more current topics related to regional challenges, ways of intensifying the cooperation and strategic interests of the two countries.

The president of VMRO-DPMNE, Mickoski pointed out that good-neighborly politics, mutual understanding, and respect based on principles and values represent a permanent profit for the region, and for that, the intense contacts and the friendly support are crucial. Mickoski pointed out that the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia share more common values, as well as challenges related to NATO and EU membership, and that cooperation and exchange of experiences, as well as an open and transparent approach from both sides, are needed here. Mickoski said he supported building bridges of cooperation, and that the future of the Balkans is in the hands of progressive politicians who are able to protect state interests and contribute to building integrated societies. The President of VMRO-DPMNE informed his interlocutor about the situation in the Republic of Macedonia, expressing concern about the lack of democratic capacity of the government for sustained dialogue, the danger of political terror that is being conducted against political opponents, and the lack of a serious concept on important issues from the sphere of foreign policy, where the protection of state and national interests is crucial, the statement of VMRO-DPMNE said.

The party adds that Mickoski said that imposing topics such as the language law, lack of a concept for economic development, lack of reform direction and astounding economic results contribute to a weakening of the standard of citizens, something that drags the country backwards, and moves away from the strategic interests for NATO and EU membership.

The interlocutors agreed that Macedonia and Serbia should intensify cooperation and that this is the only way of progressing the region that needs to overcome the retrograde processes of the past, which needs vision and capacity. This is the third meeting from the Balkan agenda of President Mickoski and Vice President Nikoloski, where, apart from the meeting with the Serbian President Vucic, they also met with the Croatian Prime Minister and HDZ leader Plenkovic, and the Slovenian leader of the SDS and former Prime Minister Janez Jansa, the party said.