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On the first day of the thematic Ambassadorial Council "The European Perspective of the Republic of North Macedonia", organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held today and tomorrow, working sessions were held by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, the President of the country, Stevo Pendarovski and the Speaker of the Assembly, Talat Xhaferi with the Ambassadors of the Republic of North Macedonia accredited to EU member states, where all aspects relevant to the achievement of the goal - decision to start accession negotiations with the EU in October, were discussed as well as activities to follow.

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In an intensive exchange of views aimed at finalizing the next specific steps and the coherent argumentation ahead of our European aspirations in regard to the EU General Affairs Council, this October, FM Dimitrov noted:

"We are at a crucial stage in our European journey. We have lost enough time locked in the waiting room primarily because of a political bilateral issue, which we were able to resolve with great effort. In parallel, the transformative steps we have taken towards reforms at home, despite all the mistakes and challenges we face, are undoubtedly recognized by both the European Commission and various renowned international and foreign institutions. And yet, given all the challenges and crises in the world, as well as in the EU itself, the process of European enlargement or to be more precise - European completion, will become increasingly uncertain in the future. Therefore, in the upcoming period, we must all put all our efforts, resources and energy, to each do our part and run the last mile before embarking on the train towards a profound European journey. The positive outcome in October will not only be a recognition of our individual merits, but also a confirmation of the credibility of the European perspective for our Region, as well as a strong message of pro-European strengths and values.”

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The working sessions are to continue tomorrow, when along with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, the ambassadors will also talk with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani.

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