President Stevo Pendarovski met Monday Gabriel Escobar, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs and Western Balkans Special Representative.

At the meeting, views were exchanged on the overall bilateral relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the United States, as well as on the situation in the region.

President Pendarovski assessed that the two countries continuously nurture a productive political dialogue and expressed confidence that bilateral relations will continue to develop with even stronger dynamics.

President Pendarovski stressed the importance of strong and continuous support from the United States in achieving the strategic goals of our country, since the declaration of independence until today.

Regarding the country’s EU bid, President Pendarovski reaffirmed the expectation for the start of accession negotiations, emphasizing that the unblocking of the integration process will have a positive impact on the overall stability and development of the region. In this context, President Pendarovski thanked the US administration, and personally the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary, for their support in addressing the need for regional progress towards the EU.

At the meeting, President Pendarovski stressed the commitment of the Republic of Macedonia, as the newest member of NATO, to contribute to the collective security and defense of the values of the Euro-Atlantic community.

President Pendarovski thanked for the invitation to participate in the virtual Summit for Democracy, organized by US President Joe Biden, which will be held on December 9-10, 2021.