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President Ivanov and Plevneliev urge entry into new stage of cooperation

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President Gjorge Ivanov met Sunday in Sofia with Bulgarian counterpart Rosen Plevneliev. The meeting focused on the current state of bilateral relations, the Euro-­Atlantic integration process and regional cooperation, the President’s Cabinet said in a press release.

President Ivanov reaffirmed Macedonia’s commitment for best possible relations and cooperation with all neighbors. “Sometimes there are differences on certain issues between neighbors, but they must not have a negative effect on general relations and cooperation. Differences must be overcome through mutual respect and dialogue”, said Ivanov.

President Plevneliev said Bulgaria wanted to be Macedonia’s biggest friend and supporter, agreeing with Ivanov that open issues should be settled through mutual understanding and respect, while misunderstandings through dialogue. Ivanov briefed Plevneliev over the negative effect of the status quo in the Euro­Atlantic integration process for Macedonia and the region, asking for Bulgarian support in this regard.

“Macedonian citizens expect Bulgaria to be one of the country’s biggest champions. Macedonia’s NATO accession will have a positive effect on the region’s stability and security”, said Ivanov.

Interlocutors expect working groups from both countries to continue with the harmonization of the Agreement on good neighborly relations, which signing would herald a stage of more intensive cooperation towards using potentials in a number of fields ­ economy, infrastructure, cross­border cooperation, culture, education and tourism. The meeting also tackled the need for increase of cooperation among security services in preventing phenomena that represent a threat to the region, reads the press release.