This afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov spoke by telephone with Derek Chollet, Counselor of the U.S. Department of State and senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State, Blinken, responsible for important foreign policy issues.
The interlocutors followed up on the points discussed in April this year – namely, the status of the European file of North Macedonia and the current opportunities for breakthrough on the European path in the course of the Portuguese Presidency over the Council of EU.
Deputy Prime Minister Dimitrov highlighted the importance of this issue in the context of the future of the process of EU enlargement with the countries in the region, which has strong geopolitical implications for the stability and security of the region and the continent.
Dimitrov: "The accession of the Western Balkans to the European Union is an investment in stability, since the European vision for the region implies democracy, rule of law, mutual cooperation based on respect and common values and interests, as opposed to emphasizing the importance of borders, divisions and differences as an antipode of this idea. North Macedonia confirmed this vision and demonstrated leadership in ensuring the regional security, peace and cooperation, in order to achieve the common strategic goal - accession to the Euro-Atlantic community, which - in addition to the NATO membership - should be completed with full fledged EU membership."
Deputy Prime Minister Dimitrov expressed his gratitude for the focus placed by President Biden on the peace and stability of the region by including the Prespa Agreement in his agenda, thus confirming its international importance.
The American side reaffirmed its support for the immediate start of accession talks between North Macedonia and the EU, as non-fulfillment of the promise based on the results achieved contributes to destabilization of the situation in the region. In this regard, Counselor Chollet emphasized the US support for the Portuguese Presidency and the efforts to start the accession process.
He also expressed gratitude for the impeccable organization of the recent NATO exercise "Decisive Strike 21" at the Krivolak military range under complex conditions given the pandemic and expressed satisfaction with the alliance between the two countries.