- Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:34 PM
Ankara, 19 April 2018 (MIA) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave support to Macedonia's NATO integration and the use of the country's constitutional name at Thursday's meeting with Parliament Speaker Talax Xhaferi, MIA reports from Ankara.
The Turkish President referred to the need for intensification of economic cooperation, reaffirming the commitment for increase of the bilateral trade exchange to one billion US dollars.
Speaker Xhaferi said the frequent high-level meetings between the two countries confirm the traditional friendship and contribute to the enhancement of the long-standing cooperation.
Xhaferi and Erdogan exchanged opinions on developments in the two countries and the region, with the Macedonian Speaker briefing the Turkish President over the European Commission Progress Report and the unconditional recommendation for the start of EU accession talks.
"The parliamentary majority is committed to the realization of the reform agenda and the fundamental democratic values, the rule of law, the respect of human rights, the building of good neighborly relations and settlement of open issues," said Xhaferi.
Interlocutors also tackled the necessity to intensify cooperation in the fight against terrorism, with Macedonia condemning the attempted coup in Turkey and supporting democratically elected institutions.
They also highlighted the significance of inter-parliamentary cooperation and parliamentary democracy for bilateral and multilateral relations. ik/21:32
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