The EU should start negotiations with S. immediately. Macedonia and Albania, said Greek Minister Dendias from Skopje

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Greece is working hard to ensure peace, security and stability in the region. I believe that the only way to achieve these goals is a clear and full support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans. We are confident and deeply believe that the negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania should start immediately, said this afternoon the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias at a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani.

Dendias stressed that they clearly support the European perspective of Northern Macedonia and that his visit to Skopje is to show that they are "together with us on the road to Europe."

"We believe that we are your close ally, we will make appropriate efforts to improve relations between our countries at the bilateral level and this is supported by the Action Plan adopted by the first Supreme Cooperation Council," Dendias said, emphasizing that Greece is committed faithfully. and proper implementation of the Prespa Agreement.

He announced that there is great interest of a large Greek company to invest in Northern Macedonia, and refers to a power plant, an investment worth 200 million euros.

"I am glad that our economy is cooperating closer and stronger, and we have already reached the levels before the pandemic and it is a great pleasure for us to hear that Greek investment is at a very high level in your country," Dendias said.

According to Minister Osmani, the European perspective of the region is a matter of security interest for both us and Europe.

- The start of negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania is the best way to restore European credibility in the region, and in this regard I am glad that we have the full support of Greece, said Osmani.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, meanwhile, the minister said showed the region needed additional investment in threat resistance. As NATO allies, says Osmani, we have an obligation to take care of regional stability and we have a coordinated approach in the interest of both the region and Europe.

He emphasized that Northern Macedonia and Greece are countries that are good neighbors and build their mutual relations creating preconditions for lasting friendship.

- It is a good model with which the countries of the region can contribute to invest in regional and European stability. I am happy with the data on economic cooperation. Last year, in 2021, the total exchange exceeded 934 million euros, thus the exchange reached the pre-pandemic level. The data for the first quarter of this year exceed 350 million euros, which indicates that this year we should expect the mutual exchange to exceed one billion euros. "Greece has numerous investments and I expect the upward trend to increase," Osmani said.

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