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PMs Marković, Zaev: Montenegro and North Macedonia are example of countries fostering friendship and mutual assistance

PMs Marković, Zaev: Montenegro and North Macedonia are example of countries fostering friendship and mutual assistance
Published date: 24.05.2019 17:01 | Author: PR Service

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Podgorica, Montenegro (24 May 2019) --  Prime Ministers of Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia, Duško Marković and Zoran Zaev, told a press conference following the joint session of the two cabinets that the two countries are an example in the region of countries that continually nurture the relations of genuine friendship and mutual assistance.

"I believe that my counterpart Zaev will agree when I say that the joint session was successful. Not only because of the mutual friendship and close relations, but also because of the concrete talks and proposals that will form the basis of further cooperation. ... As a country that is at the forefront of negotiations with the EU, we have certainly highlighted the value of European integration and the importance it has for the overall reform and transformation of our social systems. Montenegro advocates for and hopes that North Macedonia will soon start negotiations with the Union. And we are willing to transfer our knowledge and experience, as we do in the field of Euro-Atlantic integration. ... When it comes to the accession of North Macedonia to NATO, Montenegro is at its disposal at every stage to help and facilitate this process for our Macedonian friends and welcome the 30th Alliance member," said Prime Minister Marković.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia congratulated the citizens of Montenegro on the Independence Day and thanked them for the great hospitality by saying that he feels at home.

"I am pleased that over all these years of independence, as well as over the years in the common state, our two countries have been an excellent example of the sincere friendship we have been nurturing ... I would like to thank Montenegro for its great support for our NATO and EU membership. Montenegro was among the first countries to ratify the NATO Accession Protocol, which encouraged all other countries to undertake a swift ratification of the protocol. Montenegro was the most active member state of NATO that worked for us in our first accession steps... Montenegro is one of our first friends in the process of EU membership. Prime Minister Marković and President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović are lobbying for us at all our meetings, such information comes to us, in order to start the negotiations after 14 years. I am grateful to Prime Minister Marković, the entire Montenegrin Government, because they really help our country fight for itself. It should be understood by the citizens of Montenegro and North Macedonia. This sincere friendship should give a serious positive perception to citizens that we have enormous prospects for all types of cooperation. ... Friendship between our two countries should be remembered by the generations to come. Of course, we will not stop here. We will move on. We have good prospects in front of us. I send messages to the neighbouring countries about this beautiful, sincere friendship between our two countries, that can set an example to others. For if the Western Balkans and the Balkan Peninsula cooperate better, Europe will appreciate and respect us more," Prime Minister Zaev underscored.

The prime ministers expressed their satisfaction with the fact that four interstate documents were signed - in the areas of environmental protection, health, interior affairs, and exchange and protection of classified information, and stated that they discussed concrete forms of cooperation at a joint session, as well as at the Business Forum, which took place before the session.

Prime Minister Duško Marković congratulated the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia and Prime Minister Zaev on the signing of the Prespa Agreement, stressing that it is an act that will be of benefit to the region as a whole.

"You have shown that in the Balkans, with dialogue as the basic approach, the most complicated relations can be resolved among the countries of the region. I congratulate you on this great step forward and achievement of your country," Prime Minister Duško Marković told the press conference.