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BELGRADE - Macedonia has a sincere friend in Serbia, whose commitment to good relations and improvement of cooperation is not called into question, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said at a meeting with Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev in Belgrade on Tuesday.
Vucic expressed Serbia's support for Macedonia on the European path, the presidential press office said in a statement.
A joint meeting of the Macedonian and Serbian government will be held early next year. This was announced at a meeting in Belgrade between Prime Ministers Anna Brnabic and Zoran Zaev, reported BGNES.
Before the meeting with Vucic, Zaev met with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic at the Palace of Serbia.
A lot of progress has been made in Macedonia, the European Commission and the EU member states are now seeing more positives about the country's situation and the opportunity to start the accession talks.
This was stated by EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn at a press conference in Skopje with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
Macedonia's unrecogised Orthodox Church has startled the Orthodox world - and possibly started a new conflict with the Church in Serbia, by asking the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to assume a form of parental authority over it.
The Bulgarian Church told BIRN on Monday that it will probably discuss the unusual request from the Macedonian Orthodox Church at a meeting set for November 27.
Every country needs to pursue a staunch foreign policy line and Greece's major strategic threat is Turkey. Turkey is, and should be, Athens's top priority. Other foreign policy issues, such as the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) or Greek-Albanian ties, are of course important, but they are not issues to top the agenda.
The regions of Greece that performed poorly in key tourism indicators such as revenues, overnight stays and visits included, western Macedonia, Central Greece and the Peloponnese. In contrast, the “winners” of the increase in tourists were the South Aegean, Crete, Attica and Central Macedonia, which achieved notably positive results in all three indicators.
The UN mediator in the dispute over Macedonia's name, US diplomat Matthew Nimetz, has set a date for a fresh round of talks on the issue, which is holding up Macedonia's Euro-Atlantic integration, for December 11-12 in Brussels.
"The meeting is part of the United Nations' efforts to assist the sides in finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue," the UN statement reads.
''We are not only friends with Bulgaria, but we have become allies.'' This is what Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in an interview with bTV.
"Macedonia has won the neighborhood Agreement with Bulgaria and has lost nothing, we speak in a language that we understand, only together we can help each other and move forward," Zaev said.
Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris made another blunder on the heated topic of the name of FYROM, after calling the small nation to the north of Greece’s borders “Macedonia” during his meeting with the Balkan country’s President Gjorge Ivanov and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Thursday. The meeting explored the prospects of furthering business collaborations between the Greek city and Skopje.