North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his visiting Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, have agreed to leave behind hate and division and build bridges of cooperation and understanding between the two countries.
Zaev said that the historic meeting was a strong expression of joint political will and a clear indication of a willingness to settle the open issues.
“This is the first time that North Macedonia welcomes a Greek prime minister since the country declared independence in 1991,” Zaev said.
Zaev underlined that the 2018 Prespa Agreement between the two countries, which resolved their long-running name dispute, will serve the interests of both Athens and Skopje.
In his remarks, Tsipras said that the two countries are building a different story for the Balkans through the implementation of the Prespa Agreement.
According to Tsipras, Greece will support North Macedonia in its efforts and reforms to become part of the European Union (EU).
“Today we signed a memorandum of understanding and advancement of North Macedonia’s EU pre-accession and accession processes,” Tsipras said.