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Zaev after meeting with Tsipras: We will rename ‘Alexander the Great’ highway to ‘Friendship’

Macedonia and Greece will raise the level of negotiations aimed at solving the name issue. The process will involve the foreign ministers of the two countries under the auspices of the United Nations.

This was stated Wednesday evening by Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after his first direct meeting with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Davos, which lasted almost three hours.

Zaev told reporters that Macedonia’s preparedness to show it had genuine willingness to solve the name dispute was expressed at the meeting. To that end, he said, the government will rename the airport and the highway, with the latter being called ‘Friendship’.

“It proves we have no territorial aspirations toward our neighbor. On the other hand, they have demonstrated their good will to help us increase our cooperation with the European Union and other international institutions,” stated PM Zaev.

Greek Premier Tsipras said there was willingness to settle the name issue ‘in a pragmatic way and with a feeling of responsibility.’

“We have to find a mutually acceptable solution erga omnes and to intensify the negotiating process,” he noted.