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Linas Linkevičius

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Lithuania strongly supports Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration

Created: 2019.01.29 / Updated: 2019.02.06 13:48
      Lithuania strongly supports Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration
      Lithuania strongly supports Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration
      Lithuania strongly supports Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration

      On 28-29 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who was visiting Macedonia, held meetings with the highest-ranking Macedonian government officials to discuss possibilities for strengthening bilateral cooperation, the situation in the Western Balkans region, issues of regional security and cooperation.

      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister congratulated Macedonia, which has resolved a 27-year dispute over its name with Greece. The Parliaments of both countries have already ratified an accord that changes the name of Macedonia. The country will now be called the Republic of North Macedonia. This paves the way for Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration.

      “The Prespa Agreement is a historic achievement for the whole of Europe. It also sets an example of good neighborly relations and of reconciliation with other countries of the Western Balkans. Lithuania has consistently supported Macedonia's accession to NATO and the European Union, and is ready to further share its experience with this country,” said L. Linkevičius.

      In a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov, L. Linkevičius welcomed the countries’ successful cooperation on European integration and expressed a wish to strengthen it. Lithuanian institutions have already won 10 Twinning projects in Macedonia.

      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also stressed the importance of implementing further reforms in Macedonia, especially in the areas of the rule of law, the fight against corruption and organized crime, and public administration. L. Linkevičius emphasized Macedonia's effort to align with the EU common foreign and security policy positions and urged the country to continue to adhere to values and principles in the EU's foreign policy, as well as to aim at reaching full alignment with all the positions.

      During the visit, the Lithuanian and Macedonian Foreign Ministers signed the Intergovernmental Agreement On International Road Transport.

      Macedonia has been a candidate for accession to the European Union since 2005. After the signing of the Prespa Agreement of 17 June 2018, NATO invited Macedonia to become its member state.

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