After a three-hour constructive and productive meeting, foundations have been laid for progress, leading to a coalition agreement for a new, European government committed to EU integration, economy, equality and rule of law, said SDSM and DUI after Thursday’s meeting.

SDSM and DUI leaders, Zoran Zaev and Ali Ahmeti respectively, were accompanied by secretary-generals Ljupco Nikolovski and Artan Grubi.

The parties’ secretary-generals will resume discussions over the weekend, reads the press release.

Today’s meeting took place after President Stevo Pendarovski gave Zoran Zaev the mandate to form the new government.