Today, on the sidelines of the Dubrovnik Forum, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Nikos Dendias. The two counterparts expressed satisfaction with the intensive political dialogue and the positive dynamics in bilateral relations, evidenced by the numerous official and working visits.“We have a Strategic Partnership Agreement which we need to implement in a positive spirit and good will in order to provide a clear foundation for unobstructed communication of both citizens and businesses. There is no dilemma that by continuing the dialogue and mutual commitment to fulfilling obligations undertaken with the Prespa Agreement and the Action Plan for its implementation, significant additional opportunities are opened for promotion of the cooperation that continuously upgrades trust between the two neighbours and sets an example for good-neighbourly relations, friendship and partnership”, Minister Osmani said at the meeting. The interlocutors particularly welcomed the development and progress achieved so far in the area of economy, above all taking into account the projects for connectivity and gasification of the country. In that vein they welcomed the signing of the Agreement for joint construction of the Interconnector with Greece which was signed by competent ministers on 9 July in Athens, a project that is important not only for the two countries, neighbours, allies, and partners, but for the whole region as well. Minister Osmani expressed gratitude for the continued Greek support in the process of integration of North Macedonia in the EU, with Minister Dendias voicing assurances that it will not be absent during the Slovenia Presidency with the Council of the EU.The two interlocutors also exchanged opinions on the latest situation with the pandemic, the activities undertaken to deal with the consequences as well as opportunities in the area of tourism.
Minister Osmani presents M-CARD for our eminent persons abroad
Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani today at a press conference presented the M-CARD project, intended for persons who originate from the Republic of North Macedonia as a symbolic acknowledgement for their selfless engagement aimed at promoting the country abroad.
The M-CARD is an acknowledgement and a recognition for eminent persons or individuals from the country who have shown exceptional success with their work and professionalism, and thus truly promoted North Macedonia abroad, Osmani emphasised. “As their motherland, we want to express our gratitude to them, I would say, in a symbolic manner – to pay them back, to compensate their role as promotors of the country, representing us as a country of successful and quality people”, he added.
“During a longer past period, a large number of people have not only left the country, but they have achieved particular exceptional professional and social success where they are. They are successful doctors, scientists, businessmen, culture workers etc. that we want to attract to the country, strengthen their ties and create a potential for their closer involvement in our social flows”, Osmani emphasised.
The idea is for such individuals to be included in a wider network that would be involved deeper in the social flows in the country. The whole process regarding the M-CARD will be coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The card will provide certain benefits such as free entrance at cultural events, museums and galleries, it would offer an advantage when applying for projects in the framework of programs for cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with individuals and associations abroad, facilitate regulating the stay in the country and support in the case of new businesses opening etc. The list of benefits is being expanded in cooperation with other Government departments.
The detection of such persons is planned to be started by the diplomatic missions and consular posts of North Macedonia abroad, and the awarding will be realized in a strictly determined procedure conducted within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
International panel “Road to Prespa Forum Dialogue” announces big international conference in Ohrid
The “Road to Prespa Forum Dialogue” international panel was held today at the Parliamentarians’ Club in Skopje as an introductory event for the upcoming “Prespa Forum Dialogue” that will be held on 1-2 July this year in Ohrid and Oteshevo. The panel was hosted by Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani who took the opportunity to set out the aim and to present the concept and the fundamental idea behind the Prespa Forum Dialogue.
“In the core of the Prespa Forum Dialogue is the essence of the three Agreements for which North Macedonia is recognized as a unique example in the broader region. Those are the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the Treaty on Friendship with Bulgaria and the Agreement for Strategic Partnership with Greece, known as the Prespa Agreement. They contain strong political principles and values of universal importance: above all brave political steps to build long-term and stable compromises; mutual respect, political and diplomatic patience, and most of all the positive approach in building friendships between neighbours in the broadest sense of the word”, Osmani emphasised.
The participants voiced support and underlined the importance of the initiative for establishing the Forum. With their fruitful discussions they provided new ideas and proposals that will be presented in a joint regional political document with recommendation regarding the political, economic and social influence of the regional and bilateral agreement in the Western Balkans at the upcoming Prespa Forum Dialogue Conference.
In addition to the host – Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani – other participants in the event included Florian Bieber, SEE History and Politics Professor at the University of Graz; Ioannis Armakolas of ELIAMEP; Vesela Cherneva, Deputy Director of the ECFR and head of the European Council for Foreign Policy’s Sofia office; Edward Joseph, Professor at John Hopkins University in the US; Gerald Knaus of the European Stability Initiative in Berlin; Damir Marusic of the Atlantic Council, Ivan Krastev of the Cenre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Valeska Esch of the Aspen Institute Germany, Erwan Fouéré of the Centre for European Policy Studies. Furthermore, numerous representatives of state institutions, foreign embassies in the country and representatives of the non-governmental sector in the country were also in attendance.
Prespa Forum Dialogue is an important project organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the auspices of the President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia. It is an international conference with an impressive list of invited guests, many of which have already confirmed their attendance, including prime ministers, ministers from the region and EU member states, high representatives of the EU and the US, as well as representatives other international organizations.