Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias reiterated Greece’s support for the EU accession prospects of North Macedonia. Dendias visited Skopje on Tuesday where he met with his counter part Nikolas Dimitrov, President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
Dendias stressed that the European path of North Macedonia depends greatly on implementing certain reforms and on an alignment with the European aquis.
“I share North Macedonia’s disappointment about the 28 EU member states not reaching a positive decision on starting accession negotiations,” the minister said and added that “on our part, we have done all we could towards reaching a positive decision on this issue, in coordination with our EU partners.”
Dendias also made known that he invited both his Albania and North Macedonia counterparts to a working breakfast with the EU foreign ministers’ on December 9.
Referring to the Prespes Agreement, he noted how this needs to be implemented fully and diligently. Great progress has been made to that effect, he asserted, yet a lot more needs to be achieved as relations between the two countries still depend on the fulfilment of commitments embedded in the agreement.
Responding to Dendias’ statements, Dimitrov said that he too sees the need for the full implementation of the terms of the Prespes Agreement and referred to Greece as a strategic partner and friend of North Macedonia, as both countries must take advantage of the new perspectives that have opened up by the accord.
Concluding his visit in Skopje, Dendias flew to neighboring Albania to express the condolence and offer the support of the Greek government.