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At the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zakharieva, as the chairperson-in-office of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov took part today in Sofia in the 40th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of BSEC Member States.

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At today’s 40th meeting of the Council of BSEC Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of North Macedonia received an invitation to become a full-fledged member of this organization.

On this occasion, Minister Dimitrov delivered an address where he pointed out the contributions and opportunities gained with the membership in this Organization through deepening of mutual respect, trust and cooperation in the spirit of friendship and good-neighborliness:

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FM Dimitrov: “This is a turning point for us, for our policy on regional cooperation, it gives the opportunity to strategically deepen and reinforce our shared vision, promoting the advantages that this Region offers.

Countries, part of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, are at the same time our partners in other domains, not only due to our geographic position, but also owing to our cultural and historical ties.

The enlargement of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation with the Republic of North Macedonia, in itself, sets an excellent example of regional cooperation and solidarity, furthering our shared aspirations for growth and sustainable development.

In this context, the membership in the Organization opens new horizons for economic collaboration in the regional setting. It will further enrich the spirit of friendship and good-neighbourliness and specially to strengthening the mutual respect, trust and exchange within the BSEC region.

We shall never miss an opportunity to add quality and make contribution to the processes that bring us together, rather than keeping us apart. Building bridges of friendship are essential for building critical infrastructure and inciting growth.”

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On the sidelines of the meeting, Minister Nikola Dimitrov met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zakharieva. FM Dimitrov thanked for the support and engagement of the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the BSEC which has resulted with an invitation for North Macedonia to become a member of this organization which will be finalized once our Assembly ratifies the Charter. Talks also tackled the upcoming exceptionally important cooperation within the Berlin Process. In terms of bilateral relations, both sides confirmed their commitment to implement the Friendship Treaty.

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The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) emerged as a promising model of a multilateral political and economic initiative from the signing the Istanbul Summit Declaration and the Bosphorus Statement by the Heads of State and Government of the countries of the region on 25 June 1992. Once its Charter entered into force on 1 May 1999, the BSEC gained an international legal identity and transformed itself into a full-fledged regional organization - The Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation

BSEC has 12 member (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine). North Macedonia will become a full-fledged member once it ratifies the BSEC Charter.