Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Greece was ready to assist Macedonia on becoming a full member of NATO and the EU once the name dispute is resolved
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (L) and his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov, photo: Flickr
31 of August 2017 15:22:25
SKOPJE – Macedonia and Greece committed Thursday to improving relations strained for more than two decades by a dispute over Macedonia's name.Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias told reporters that their governments were committed to working on good relations and regional cooperation.The change comes after Prime Minister Zoran Zaev formed what he has billed as a reformist coalition government this spring. He has vowed to improve relations with neighbors of the Balkan country officially known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, abbreviated to FYROM, the name with which it was recognized by the United Nations after Yugoslavia's breakup in 1991."I told Kotzias that I hope that Greece will recognize the new reality in Macedonia and our expressed desire for friendship," Dimitrov said.