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President Ivanov meets with Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Pejčinović Burić


Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov met with Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić on Tuesday.

Ivanov and Pejčinović Burić agreed that Macedonia and Croatia have friendly relations and a high level of mutual trust and that both countries make efforts to strengthen regional cooperation, peace, and stability.

President Ivanov thanked Croatia for openly supporting Macedonia’s European integration process, describing the European Commission’s new Enlargement Strategy as a clear signal for Macedonia to take decisive steps towards starting EU accession negotiations in June.

Ivanov also thanked Pejčinović Burić for Croatia’s constructive stance that bilateral disputes should not be an obstacle along the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration journey.

Pejčinović Burić, who is on a two-day visit to Macedonia, earlier in the day reiterated that the Macedonian government has Croatia’s support in adopting reforms that are “key to any progress on the Euro-Atlantic integration journey,” according to Hina, and that Croatia remains the main advocate of Macedonia’s accession to those alliances.

Ivanov told Pejčinović Burić that he was looking forward to the upcoming official visit of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who will attend the Brdo-Brioni Process country leaders meeting to be held in Skopje on April 28.

The Brdo-Brioni process, Ivanov said, perfectly illustrates Croatia’s commitment to strengthening regional cooperation and its support of the Western Balkans countries in their European integration efforts.