President Radev urges Macedonian contractor to restore dialogue as soon as possible between institutions
President Rumen Radev Thursday called on his Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov to restore as quickly as possible the important dialogue between institutions in such a critical moment for Macedonia, so as to avoid any opportunities for the country's Euro-Atlantic and EU integration process to be halted. The Bulgarian head of State was speaking at a joint news conference with President Ivanov, who arrived on an official visit to Bulgaria Thursday morning at Radev's invitation.
The two presidents had a one-on-one meeting.
Radev called on Ivanov to be not just a participant but also a leader in this dialogue in Macedonia, because this is an important condition for the achievement of Macedonia's strategic priorities: membership in the EU and NATO.
Bulgaria is highly alarmed by Wednesday's development in its neighbour, the interruption of the dialogue between institutions in a moment so critical for Macedonia, Radev said. The stakes are very high at present, and not just for Macedonia and Greece, but also for the entire Balkans and Europe.
"We need firm guarantees that the Treaty of Friendship, Good-neighbourliness and Cooperation, signed between Macedonia and Bulgaria, will remain fully in force when we have the Republic of Northern Macedonia as a neighbour," Radev said in reply to a journalist's question.