VMRO-DPMNE president Hristijan Mickoski, together with Secretary for International Cooperation Timco Mucunski, met Friday with Latvian Ambassador Gunta Pastore to discuss the current political situation in the Republic of Macedonia.

Although EU and NATO membership remains a key strategic commitment of the state, I expressed concern about the lack of reforms that the SDSM government has failed to meet, due to which Macedonia has not received a date for EU membership. The government, contrary to the priority reform process, has enslaved the judiciary and is mired in its own crime and corruption, Mickoski said.

VMRO-DPMNE’s president told the Ambassador that senior government officials were involved in major crime and corruption scandals such as “Racket 1” and “Racket 2”, into which an unprofessional investigation was conducted and that were far from being resolved.

Immediately after coming to power, VMRO-DPMNE will commit itself to the fulfillment of key reforms, greater independence of institutions and a rapid rise of the Macedonian economy, which at the moment is at the bottom.

The good relations between the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Macedonia in the future will deepen in the direction of the two countries to intensify mutual cooperation, added Mickoski.