The President of the Republic of Slovenia receives the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia

Ljubljana, 14. 11. 2017 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today received the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, who is currently on an official visit to Slovenia.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

The Prime Minister Zaev first congratulated the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, on his re-election as President and wished him a successful term of office with a desire for further excellent and sincere friendship. The Macedonian Prime Minister Zaev conveyed to President Pahor the congratulations and good wishes of the Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov.

President Pahor thanked Prime Minister Zaev and at the beginning of the talks highlighted very good and friendly relations between the two countries, which is evident from a number of concluded agreements, forms of political and expert cooperation, mutual support in candidacies, and exchange of visits in all areas and levels.

The two leaders touched upon several different topics. Thus, President Pahor was interested in the internal political situation in Macedonia after the constitution of the Government this summer, and in the country's cooperation in order to successfully achieve the long-term objectives and bring Macedonia closer to the Euro-Atlantic integration. President Zaev said that promising first steps were taken in the area of foreign policy towards improving the relations with neighbouring countries, including Serbia. The talks also touched upon Macedonia's relations with Greece regarding the name issue.

President Pahor also welcomed the signing of the agreement on friendship and cooperation with Bulgaria, which was signed in August this year and is of exceptional importance since it was achieved after ten years of negotiations. Prime Minister Zaev said that the Macedonian Government sees the signing of the agreement as a powerful message to the public and state institutions as well as to the European Union, NATO and Greece - that Macedonia wants to resolve outstanding issues with its neighbours.

President Pahor ensured his counterpart of Slovenia's further support in the Macedonia's efforts for membership in the EU and NATO, and the willingness to share experience and knowledge that Macedonia may need. In the end, President Pahor and Prime Minister Zaev also discussed the expectations for the next meeting of the leaders of the Brioni Brdo Process, which will be hosted by Macedonia in next April.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia receives the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA