Even prior to the start of the upcoming Dubrovnik Forum, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani had several bilateral meetings, including with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Representative of the U.S. for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer and Sabine Stöhr, in charge of EU policies at the Germany Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the meeting, the strategic partnership of North Macedonia in the Euro-Atlantic community, the key reform processes which support that direction and the next steps in terms of the European perspectives of the country.
At the meeting with the high representative of the U.S., Matthew Palmer, the conclusions of the high-level panel in the framework of the Prespa Forum Agreement were reaffirmed, which was attended by Special Representative Palmer personally.
“The increased renewal of trans-Atlantic ties, the increased focus of the U.S. in terms of Western Balkan countries, as well as the deepening of the Strategic partnership between North Macedonia and the U.S. are common geostrategic interests that remain an important priority in the framework of our foreign policy”, Osmani said at the meeting.
“The U.S. are an especially important strategic partner of North Macedonia and their long-term vision for a stable, prosperous and integrated region in the Euro-Atlantic framework is a serious engine of the reform processes in these countries. This vision becomes even stronger if we take into account the fact that it is shared by our European allies and it contributes to bringing the Western Balkan countries closer to membership in the European Union”, Osmani added.
At the meeting with Sabine Stöhr, the focus of the discussion was placed on the European perspective of the country, and on the regional aspect, particularly the Berlin Process, the last conclusions that were adopted in the framework of this initiative and the upcoming activities to transform them into tangible projects.
Tomorrow, Osmani will be a speaker at the “The international community and the Western Balkans: how to end the quarantine?” panel, and the Minister’s agenda also includes several bilateral meetings with high representatives, participants in the Forum.