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Kotzias: Name issue to be resolved in first half of 2018


Macedonian and Greek Foreign Ministers, Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias respectively, are set to meet at the sidelines of the EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday.

The countries’ ministries of foreign affairs have confirmed the Dimitrov-Kotzias meeting.

Discussions are expected to focus on the talks for the name issue settlement and the confidence-building measures.

Prior to his departure for Brussels, FM Kotzias said Greece wanted to solve the name issue, making this clear to its EU partners and Washington. According to him, the name issue will be resolved in the first half of 2018.

FM Dimitrov and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said last week that Macedonia has the political will to settle the row by making a step forward and using the positive climate in relations with Greece. They also confirmed that name talks would resume by the end of November.