North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has come under fire for calling the detained celebrity-turned-businessman Bojan Jovanovski, the central figure in the ongoing "Extortion" scandal, a "faggot".
His use of the abusive term has been widely condemned by human rights organisations and media associations in the country.
North Macedonia's government said on Tuesday that it has decided to form an "operational" anti-graft team headed by Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski and including other top officials.
The team will "work uncompromisingly and through a coordinated approach in the fight against crime and corruption", the government said in a statement.
Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia mark two years since the Neighborhood Treaty was signed. In Skopje, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with his Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev. The two leaders announced they will host a meeting of the Berlin Process next year in July. They called on the Historical Commission to give visible results and progress.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will visit the Republic of Northern Macedonia.
In Skopje, Borissov and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, will mark the second anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Neighborhood and Cooperation between the two countries.