Greece strongly supports Macedonia’s EU accession, full implementation of the Prespa Agreement, and strengthening of bilateral cooperation, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said Tuesday, at a joint press conference with counterpart Nikola Dimitrov.

I am happy to be here, on my first visit to neighboring North Macedonia, which will soon become Greece’s NATO partner and EU candidate. I am sure you will start accession negotiations soon. You have the full support of Greece, Dendias said.

He noted that there has been a dramatic improvement in bilateral co-operation, which continues to develop with a focus on the economy, military co-operation, investment, infrastructure…

The bilateral relations, Dendias said, go through the Prespa Agreement. There is progress in its implementation, but there are delays in some segments that need to be fixed.

Minister Dimitrov stressed that Macedonia counts on Greece’s support on the road to the EU.

Greece is our strategic partner, neighbor and friend. The Prespa Agreement has opened up great potential for co-operation that should be exploited, Dimitrov said.

He pointed out that the first session of the Committee on Trademarks is expected to be held soon, as well as a meeting of experts on opening of new border crossings between the two countries and the Committee on Historical Affairs.