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President Ivanov to address SEECP Summit in Sofia

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Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov is to take part Wednesday at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Sofia which is held in the framework of the SEECP Bulgarian Chairmanship-in-Office.

The Summit titled “SEECP – 20 Years Key to Regional Cooperation” is the last event organised in the frameworks of the Bulgarian Chairmanship-in-Office which will be assumed Wednesday by Croatia. Foreign Minister Nikola Popovski is to attend this large regional event, MIA reports from Sofia.

President Ivanov will deliver an address and will re-affirm Macedonia’s position as an active and constructive partner in the region and one strongly dedicated to promotion of principles of good neighborly cooperation and reconciliation. Macedonia is in favor of improved infrastructure ties in the region that will bring in more economic development, commerce and foreign investments.

The summit hosted by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will also include Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic, Albanian President Bujar Nishani, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic, Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos, Slovenian Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Goran Svilanovic.

The participating states will adopt declaration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of SEECP which will reflect the role of SEECP as a key political format for a sustainable partnership in South East Europe and a leading platform for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

The leaders from the region will share opinions on regional issues, democracy, security, migration, energy security, Euro-Atlantic integration. Also an exhibition of photographs “20 Years SEECP” will be opened during the summit.

More than 180 journalists from ten countries have been accredited for participation in the summit.

SEECP was established twenty years ago on Bulgaria’s initiative with the adoption of the Declaration on good neighbourly relations, stability, security and cooperation in the Balkans, which was signed in Sofia in 1996.