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Maas: Negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia will open within this year

During the virtual meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Berlin Process, which this year is organized by the initiator of the process, Germany, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas said that he did not believe that the First Intergovernmental Conferences for Albania and the North. The EU will open during the Portuguese EU presidency. He described Portugal’s current efforts as the current EU presidency to move the settlement of disputes between northern Macedonia and Bulgaria to a bilateral level as “a good foundation for achieving the opening of the first intergovernmental conference with the two countries within the Slovenian presidency.” in the second half of this year.

The German Foreign Minister also said that if the countries of the Western Balkans meet the required conditions, then we have no reason to hesitate to start negotiations. Maas chaired a virtual session of the Foreign Ministers’ Conference in the framework of the Berlin Process on Tuesday morning, thus preparing the last summit of this format, which will take place virtually, on July 5, under the chairmanship of German Chancellor Angela Merkel . In addition to the Foreign Ministers of the Western Balkan countries, the conference was also attended by the Foreign Ministers of the member countries of the Berlin Process, as well as representatives of the initiatives resulting from this process. /ibna

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