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Statement for the media of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, on the occasion of the working meeting with the heads of the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Macedonia.

Today's Ambassador's Council is an exceptional opportunity for sharing views about Macedonia's foreign policy. The period has been fairly intensive in terms of both the number of visits and contacts we realized and the events that occurred in 2011, which will reflect on our activities at the onset of 2012, Minister Poposki said after the working meeting.

The discussion, in its political segment, focused on the attainment of our strategic interests, that is to say, the membership of NATO and the opening of membership negotiations with the EU. In the economic part of the discussion, we centered on raising the efficiency from the viewpoint of attracting foreign investments in the Republic of Macedonia, raising exports and promoting Macedonia as a travel destination. We are also going to make effort, on this occasion, to table the possibilities of embarking on a dynamic planning of Macedonia's promotion on an international scale.


Bearing this in mind, I believe that 2012 will be a very busy year. We are going to have a great many activities and our whole diplomatic network will be involved in them. I trust that an exceptional opportunity has been presented, especially in view of the achievements confirmed in 2011 with the third consecutive progress report, which stated that Macedonia was prepared and recommended the Council to open membership negotiations. At the same time, we have been acting for long now as, de facto, a NATO member state by contributing to the NATO missions, as, in fact, evidenced by our defense budget, the larger part of which is dedicated to these operations and therefore we hope that in the nearest future this is going to result into a deserved membership of the Alliance, as well as into opening of negotiations with the EU, Minister Poposki emphasized.
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Publication:Macedonian Diplomatic Bulletin
Geographic Code:4EXMA
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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