Skopje, 22 May 2020 (MIA) – Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski met Friday with Croatian Ambassador to North Macedonia Nives Tiganj and discussed close bilateral cooperation based on long-standing friendly relations, the government said in a press release.
Participants underlined at the meeting that excellent bilateral cooperation has been confirmed in recent times, as Croatia organized during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union the EU-Western Balkans Summit at which it was affirmed that the region is a part of Europe and remains EU’s geo-strategic priority.
Ambassador Tiganj, the press release read, told PM Spasovski that one of Croatia’s top priorities during its EU presidency is that the European Commission presents the negotiating framework for North Macedonia in June, to pave the way towards the first intergovernmental conference which will mark the official start of North Macedonia’s EU accession talks.
PM Spasovski thanked Ambassador Tiganj for Croatia’s support of North Macedonia’s EU aspirations, which is a reflection of close and long-standing friendship between the two countries and their peoples.
Additionally, he underlined the importance of Croatia’s initiative for North Macedonia to become a member of Frontex, thus significantly strengthening border security. Ambassador Tiganj added that a new contingent of Croatian police personnel will soon be deployed to North Macedonia’s southern border.
Spasovski, the press release read, also stressed at the meeting, the importance of holding election in North Macedonia as soon as possible.