North Macedonia

Northern Macedonia: Zaev meets with PRC Defense Minister

The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev received the delegation of the Ministry of Defense of the People’s Republic of China led by the Minister of Defense, General Wei Fenghe, who is on a tour throughout the Balkans.

During their meeting, Zoran Zaev called on the competent PRC bodies to speed up the delivery of 200,000 vaccines from Sinopharm to northern Macedonia, taking part in the country’s immunization process, which is expected to start tomorrow.

General Wei Fenghe stressed at the meeting that this message will be forwarded immediately to the competent bodies of the PRC to confirm the friendship between the two countries during the current COVID-19 crisis, the government press service said after Prime Minister Zaev’s meeting with the Chinese Defense Ministry delegation. , which was also attended by the Minister of Defense Radmila Sekerinska.

Welcoming General Wei Fenghe and members of his delegation, Zaev stressed that this official visit of the Ministry of Defense of the People’s Republic of China is another important confirmation of the good relations between the two countries, which in recent years have had positive and incremental growth.

“Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in his speech to the guests from the PRC, stressed that both countries are fulfilling their obligations under the Defense Cooperation Agreement, especially in the field of military education and training. Mr Zaev focused on economic co-operation between the two countries and hoped that the Foreign Ministry of Northern Macedonia and the People’s Republic of China would soon conclude visa waiver talks, which would allow a more important step to be taken. towards the even greater development of trade cooperation, as well as for the intensification of cooperation in tourism “, the statement notes.

The abolition of visas, said the Prime Minister at the meeting, will help realize the trade ambition of the two countries to reach $ 1 billion next year, which in 2020 reached $ 763 million.

The Press Service of the Government informs that Minister Wei Fenghe expressed the satisfaction of the Chinese Government with the level of cooperation between the two ministries, and in particular with the realization of positive trends in the economy resulting from the consensus agreement between Northern Macedonia and PRC on relations between economic entities. of both countries.

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