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Bulgaria: There is no change in Bulgaria’s position regarding Northern Macedonia, says Acting Minister Stoev

There is no change in Bulgaria ‘s position regarding the Republic of Northern Macedonia, said Interim Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev, who met today with Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva and the Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varheli.

“Bulgaria continues to be consistent in its support for the European integration of the Western Balkan countries, respecting the criteria of individual achievements of each country and respecting the fundamental values ​​of the community as a good neighbor. We are open to responsible, open and complete dialogue with the Republic of Northern Macedonia. We expect our closest neighbors in the region to work in a spirit of sincerity and constructiveness. “I want to emphasize that there is full continuity on this topic and no change can be expected in Bulgaria’s national position regarding the Republic of Northern Macedonia,” said Minister Stoev.

He expressed readiness to meet with Macedonian counterpart Bujar Osmani to discuss initiatives that could be taken by the interim cabinet.

“For us, maintaining good neighborly relations and obtaining the necessary guarantees for the implementation of the 2017 Agreement is essential,” said the Minister, adding that “we continue to make efforts to restore confidence in our relations with the Republic of Macedonia.” of the North. “

“Our goal is to take concrete steps to re-establish dialogue with Skopje, including at the highest level, which will provide a basis for the next regular government to return our relations to the level that should link the two.” such narrow places, “Stoev said.

In conclusion, the Foreign Minister stated that he hopes that Bulgaria’s efforts and benevolent approach will finally be appreciated by our neighbors and that we will work together to find a lasting and lasting solution to the open issues in our relations.

The enlargement process is also one of Portugal’s priorities. This was stated by Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, adding that he relied on the support of the European Commission, with which Lisbon is working closely.

He described two enlargement processes: the start of intergovernmental conferences with Serbia-Montenegro and the adoption of a negotiating framework with northern Macedonia and Albania.

“It was very important for both processes to listen to Bulgarian proposals, initiatives and concerns. We are doing it through the right diplomatic and political channels, and a lot has already been done. “That is why now is the time to have direct political consultations with Bulgaria and they will be of great importance for the ongoing process and very important for the Portuguese Presidency,” said Minister Silva.

EU Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said it was always very important to hear from important Member States on enlargement issues.

“Bulgaria is a member state in terms of developing our policy for the Western Balkans. That is why it is always worthwhile to come here to get ideas and consult, “he said, adding that we are at an important crossroads, there are decisions we can make.

Augusto Santos Silva and Oliver Varhelyi also met with President Rumen Radev and Prime Minister Stefan Yanev.

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