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Sweden to support Macedonia in internal reform process

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom | Wikimedia

Aimed at quickly revitalizing Macedonia’s European perspective; Sweden will continue to supporting the activities of the new Macedonian Government, reported sources.

Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström said that Sweden will increase specific assistance in areas that are most useful for Macedonia’s reform agenda.

During a meeting with her Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov on Wednesday, Wallström assured that Sweden is determined to help the Macedonia integrate to the European Union. She also expressed strong and unequivocal support for the activities of the new Macedonian Government and assured that Sweden is genuinely interested in increasing specific assistance in areas that are most useful for Macedonian reform agenda.

For his part, Dimitrov is paid an official visit to Sweden, during his regional visit to the Nordic countries. During the talks with his Swedish Minister of Foreign affairs, Dimitrov underscored the strong determination to return the country to the EU integration by making fundamental reforms in areas of crucial importance and by implementing an open-dialogue policy with all its neighbors based on European values and principles.

The prolific meeting of the two ministers resulted in the adoption of a Declaration of Cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the Kingdom of Sweden which confirms the Sweden’s support for Macedonian strategic goals and determination to further expand and strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation on multilateral level.

The Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated that “the support for the strategic goals of Macedonia has been confirmed and mutual interest for building further concrete cooperation has been established.”

As part of his visit to Stockholm, FM Dimitrov also met with the first Deputy-Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Tobias Billström, members of the parliamentary European Affairs Committee, as well as high representatives of the SIPRI Institute, the Olof Palme International Center and the Swedish Social-Democratic Party.