Osmani-Radman meeting during working visit to Croatia
As part of his working visit to the Republic of Croatia, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani met with his Croatian counterpart, the Foreign Minister of Croatia GordanGrlićRadman.
In the discussions, bilateral relations were marked as dynamic and friendly, with intensive political dialogue at the highest level, through successful cooperation in many fields of mutual interest.
The two ministers agree that the continuation of the EU enlargement policy will be a positive signal for the whole region as an essential interest of the member states of the Union, for a European Western Balkans.
“The European Union needs to adopt several particularly important steps and decisions for us, that is: to adopt the negotiating framework for accession negotiations, to schedule the first Intergovernmental Conference and to formally open accession negotiations. I want to be honest, given the reform progress achieved, given our long European path, I think that we deservedly expect for this to happen by the end of this year, during the German Presidency with the Council of the EU”, said Minister Osmani, voicing gratitude to his colleague GrlićRadman for the strong support from Croatia for our European ambitions, which was crowned with the decision of the Council of the EU to start negotiations during the Croatian Presidency with the EU in the first half of this year.
“The crown of this support was thedecision to open EU accession negotiations with our country in March this year, during Your Presidency, and the 2020 Zagreb Declaration was an additional support of the commitment of Western Balkan countries for inclusive regional cooperation and strengthening of good-neighbourly relations”, emphasized Osmani at the meeting.
Osmani informed Minister Radman about his visit to neighbouring Bulgaria, underlining the importance of the continuation of mutual communication at the highest level, as the only way to overcome potential differences and removing all challenges for normal continuity of the European integration of North Macedonia.
“We increased political communication with neighbouring Bulgaria at several levels, and the Joint Multidisciplinary Committee on Historical Issues also intensified its work. I believe that in the upcoming period we will properly address all challenges and we will not allow the great joint political investment in the European perspectives of the whole region fail”, Osmani emphasized.
The interlocutors discussed cooperation within NATO, economic cooperation, tourism, the initiatives for opening Cultural and Information Centres in Skopje and Zagreb, as well as the activities related to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities in the two countries, which are a bridge for bringing us closer. They placed special focus on the current situation in the region and beyond, regional cooperation, including coordination measures in tackling Covid-19.