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Northern Macedonia: Osmani suspends the process of appointing Ambassador Grkov in Belgrade

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, submitted a request to the President of the National Assembly, Talat Xhaferi, to continue with the necessary measures to curb the process of appointing diplomat Vasko Grkov as Ambassador to Belgrade.

Unofficial sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia claim that Osmani called on Xhaferi and the Parliament to cancel the meeting of the parliamentary bodies that will give permission for the appointment of Grkov, or to withdraw his appointment from the agenda.

The Foreign Ministry did not disclose the reasons for the suspension of Grkov’s appointment, but did not deny that the diplomat was facing a serious security problem due to which he would not be appointed ambassador to Belgrade.

It was already announced that the Ambassador of Northern Macedonia would not go to Belgrade after the Intelligence Service of Northern Macedonia revealed security risks and information regarding threats to the country from his appointment as Ambassador to a neighboring country.

It should be noted that, in 2017, a diplomatic crisis rocked northern Serbo-Macedonian relations following allegations of espionage of the former at its Embassy in Skopje. The crisis was immediately overcome when Zaev and Brnabic met in Durres, Albania in the context of the meeting of the leaders of the Western Balkan countries.

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