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The Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Schallenberg paid an official visit, today, to the Republic of North Macedonia.


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As part of his visit, Minister Schallenberg met with his counterpart and host, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov, as well as with the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani.

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Talks at the meeting at the MFA focused on the European integration of the Republic of North Macedonia and the expectations of the forthcoming October Council of the European Union. Minister Dimitrov briefed on the significant achievements and results in key reform areas, underlining that the visit of the Austrian counterpart comes at a time when North Macedonia is counting down the days until the anticipated decision to start negotiations, where the support of our Austrian friends was and remains to be invaluable.

In this context, Minister Dimitrov stressed: “The positive decision in October will not only contribute to increased confidence, credible confirmation of the European perspective, predictability and positive dynamics in regional developments, but will also give the impetus to continue to invest efforts and energy towards rebranding the region and its image for the benefit of the young generation.”

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The guest, on his part, welcomed the strong commitment of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia to the implementation of the reforms needed to accelerate the country’s European integration and reaffirmed the strong support for our well-deserved progress towards accession to the European Union.

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In the year when the two countries mark 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, interlocutors were pleased to ascertain that Austria, as the largest foreign investor in North Macedonia, belongs to the group of countries with whom we enjoy the most fruitful cooperation in various areas of mutual interest.