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Mickoski: We use our stay in the US to lobby for the interests of the Republic of Macedonia

In an interview with Voice of America, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that during the working visit of the party delegation in the US, three theses prevailed in the meetings.

Macedonia’s commitment to NATO accession and the start of accession negotiations with the EU, as well as representation and lobbying for the interests of the state. Namely, Mickoski informed his interlocutors about the political terror that is happening in Macedonia, the stagnation in the reform processes and the economic downturns.

“We used these conversations and meetings to lobby for the interests and represent better the interests of the Republic of Macedonia before these influential people so that we can truly capture the atmosphere that is currently in the Republic of Macedonia, but we also had to inform our interlocutors about the political terror in the Republic of Macedonia, the stagnation in the reform processes and the decline in terms of economic reforms,” noted Mickoski.

So far, Mickoski met with the President of Republican Party Bob Paduchik and with numerous congressmen and senators.

Mickovski addressed the Security Conference held in the US Senate, where he was presented as the leader of the opposition from Macedonia.

The constitutional name of our country was also written on the official cards where the participants of the debate sat.

Mickoski in his address pointed out that the Republic of Macedonia sees its future in NATO and the EU.

The President of VMRO-DPMNE emphasized that Macedonia should receive an invitation for deserved membership in NATO, which would be beneficial not only for our country but also for the region, as well as for NATO.

The president of VMRO-DPMNE also met with Matthew Palmer, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs.

At the meeting, Mickoski emphasized that VMRO-DPMNE is a political party aimed at integration into the EU and NATO and reforms as key processes that should improve the overall economic, political and social situation in our country and in our region.

The meeting tackled the current political situation in the Republic of Macedonia.

Mickoski emphasized that at the moment the citizens of Macedonia are facing legal uncertainty and abuse of the judicial and administrative system in order to achieve the narrow interests of the acting ruling coalition.

He also met with Molly Montgomery, Special Adviser for Europe and Asia to Donald Trump.

During the meeting, the two interlocutors referred to the good bilateral relations between the two countries and the need to further upgrade them in several areas. Mickoski emphasized that VMRO-DPMNE is a political party whose key foreign policy concerns are membership in NATO, the EU, and the development of strategic alliances with the United States.

During his visit to Washington, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski met with President of the International Republican Institute, Daniel Twining.

At the meeting, he was accompanied by the Regional Director for Europe, Jan Erik Surotchak.