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As part of the on-going activities for the first day of the working visit to Berlin (14 May 2019), the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov held working meetings with Michael Roth, Minister for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Jan Hecker PhD, Foreign Policy Advisor to Chancellor Merkel and Metin Hakverdi, member of German Bundestag from SPD.

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Talks with Minister Roth focused on issues related to the country’s European integration. In that vein, Minister Dimitrov briefed on the course of domestic reforms and the successfully conducted presidential elections and reaffirmed the arguments for adopting a decision to open accession negotiations with the EU as well as the importance of Germany’s support in that process. FM Dimitrov stressed: “This year the Republic of North Macedonia possesses strong reform and good-neighbourly arguments for opening accession talks. We’ve successfully achieved a complete turnaround in less than two years and this should and must be recognized so as to strenghten our success and serve as an incentive for the rest of the region. The process of accession negotiations only translates to a merited start of another new chapter of reinforcing the positive course, the country’s further progress and enabling a better life for its citizens.”

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The meeting with Jan Hecker PhD, Chancellor Merkle’s Foreign Policy Advisor, tackled the European agenda of North Macedonia while interlocutors exchanged views on the current regional dynamics and Germany’s role as the key partner of Balkan countries. Talks with MP Metin Hakverdi from SPD underlined Bundestag’s support in our country’s EU integration process as well as the achievements made in key reform areas and good-neighbourly relations.

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Minister Dimitrov’s working visit to Berlin continues this afternoon with his address as the keynote speaker at an event held in the German Bundestag titled “Western Balkans after resolving the name dispute: achievements, challenges and perspectives”, organized by the Parliamentary Groups of the Greens and the German Section of the Union of European Federalists, whose members include MPs of four political parties – CDU/CSU, Social-Democrats, Greens and Liberals. Several meetings and talks are planned for tomorrow with Bundestag MPs and relevant interlocutors from the Federal Office and the German MFA.