Vucic, Pendarovski: More trust between Skopje and Belgrade than before

Vucic, Pendarovski: More trust between Skopje and Belgrade than before

Vucic, Pendarovski: More trust between Skopje and Belgrade than before Izvor: Tanjug/ Rade Prelić

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday his country and its eastern neighbour North Macedonia, had a very good relationship, better than a year or two ago and that it would improve, the news agencies reported.

 Vucic and his North Macedonia’s counterpart Stevo Pendarovski met in Belgrade and, among other things, as Pendarovski said, discussed the new French initiative on the European Union enlargement.  

Vucic said that Skopje and Belgrade had no open issues, apart from Kosovo, which North Macedonia had recognised as an independent state, adding the two countries wanted to build the closest friendly relations.

Serbia’s President told reporters that the trade between the two countries was 857.8 million Euros in 2018 and that the hope was it would reach a billion, crossing a psychological border.

Pendarovski told the joint news conference that his country had no alternative to the EU membership.

Brnabic and Pendarovski agreed later on Friday, that both countries' main goal was EU membership. In addition, they said Belgrade and Skopje should work on empowering the relationship between Serbia and North Macedonia and regional cooperation.

 "The European integrations remain North Macedonia’s long-term commitment,” Pendarovski said and added those processes were the best way for the democratic transformation of the regional societies.

He also said that a solution which Belgrade and Pristina would reach had to contribute to the regional stability.

Ahead of the meeting with Vucic, Pendarovski said he expected a positive dialogue with Vucic, mainly about political, security and economic issues.

Following the meeting, two delegations will hold a plenary session.

North Macedonia’s head of state is due to meet Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic and some other officials.        

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