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On Thursday, 25th September, Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki at the margins of the UN General Assembly met several of his colleagues and also took participation in meetings focused on South-Eastern Europe.

 

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He had bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Vietnam, Pham Binh Minh. Both ministers agreed to make working groups within the Foreign Ministries and the Ministries of Finance in order to increase the economic co-operation, and to finalize the agreements for promotion of investments and to settle double taxation. Foreign Minister Binh Minh expressed interest in visiting Macedonia and continuing the activities for business promotion in both countries.

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Foreign Minister Poposki met the Foreign Minister of United Arab Emirates, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan who stated that the opening of the Macedonian Embassy to UAE is an excellent choice and underlined that their focus is to widen their presence with investments in the Balkan. Both Foreign Ministers agreed that they should continue the liberalization of the visa regime and to expand the promotion of possibilities for co-operation between both countries and through execution of agreements.

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Furthermore, Foreign Minister Poposki met the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Spain, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo. Minister Margallo reaffirmed the deep friendship between both countries and expressed gratitude for the support that Republic of Macedonia is giving to Spain and its candidacy for membership into the UN Security Council. Moreover, Minister Poposki met OSCE Secretary General, Lamberto Zannier with whom he discussed the security situation on the territory of the OSCE member states.

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MFA Poposki also met the Foreign Minister of Canada, John Berd. Both ministers reaffirmed that the Agreement for protection and promotion of investments between both countries is in its final phase and might be signed soon. Beside the excellent bilateral co-operation, they also highly marked their co-operation in multilateral institutions, such as UN and the Frakophonie, and Foreign Minister Poposki expressed his gratitude for the support that Canada is giving for Macedonia’s NATO aspirations.

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The Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati hosted the working lunch of Foreign Ministers within the SEECP (South-Eastern Europe Process of Cooperation). The ministers underlined that the focus of these forums should not be placed only on the regional co-operation, but also on the bilateral co-operation between all the countries in the region. Foreign Minister Poposki underlined that besides the political communication between Governments and administration, the countries should pay more attention to bringing the business communities closer, and thus, presenting themselves as a shared market, to attract foreign investors. This will be in the focus of Macedonia during its presidency over the Central European Initiative next year, and we propose this to be in the focus of SEECP.

Foreign Minister Poposki took participation at the Round Table for the Regional Perspective of Western Balkans for the threat of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. The Round Table was organized by the US Deputy Secretary of State for Europe, Victoria Nulland. USA and all countries of Western Balkans unanimously confirmed that the violent religious extremism might be effectively suppressed only through efficient regional co-operation. The efforts towards this kind of suppression of violent events will give results only when focused on the appearance of violence in order to prevent wrong interpretations, stimulating religious hatred or mobilizing fighters abroad, as well as through messages of discouragement of the zeal given by the religious leaders.

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At the end of the day, president of Republic of Macedonia, Ivanov and Foreign Minister Poposki attended a reception in MKC organized by Macedonian intellectuals in New York at the performance of a well-known Macedonian musician Duke Bojadziev.