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Dimitrov in Tallinn discusses North Macedonia’s EU prospects

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, as part of his official visit to Tallinn, Estonia, held meetings with his Estonian counterpart Urmas Reinsalu and the country's Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Skopje, 17 May 2019 (MIA) – Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, in an official visit to Tallinn, Estonia, held meetings with his Estonian counterpart Urmas Reinsalu and the country’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Reinsalu reiterated Estonia’s support for North Macedonia’s opening EU accession talks in June, and Dimitrov said Estonia’s unwavering support was encouraging for North Macedonia to continue implementing reforms and cooperate with neighbors and international partners.

The two statesmen also discussed the country’s future NATO membership and opportunities for bilateral collaboration in education and digital technology.

“Our story is an unprecedented success and should be recognized and upheld through opening accession talks with the EU.

“It would provide a strong incentive for us and a clear signal for the entire region,” the press release cites Dimitrov as saying to Reinsalu.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Minister Dimitrov expressed his thanks for Estonia’s strong support.

“Estonia and the Baltic states are an example of how a region can unite behind shared interests and create a positive neighborly dynamics,” Dimitrov said, adding that North Macedonia and the Balkans can achieve much more by following such examples and focusing on the future.

Minister Dimitrov also spoke before Estonia’s Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, the release adds.

He reviewed the country’s progress in key reform areas and good neighborly politics, pointing out these achievements as persuasive arguments in favor of North Macedonia’s getting a green light for taking the next step towards its EU integration.

Estonian MPs said their Parliament was expected to ratify North Macedonia’s accession protocol with NATO within a few weeks.

Next, Minister Dimitrov will be participating in Estonia’s annual Lennart Meri Conference, a high-level meeting of international policymakers.

This year’s conference topic is One Past, Many Futures.

After the conference, Dimitrov will attend a formal dinner given by Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid. mr/18:37

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