INTEGRATION FM Osmani: No new agreement with Bulgaria, only strengthening commnication
There’s no new agreement with Bulgaria, only improving mutual communication at all levels, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani wrote Wednesday on his Facebook profile.
Osmani’s post comes in response to claims made by opposition leader, VMRO-DPMNE’s Hristijan Mickoski, who said that Bulgaria’s FM Ekaterina Zakharieva demanded during her meeting with Osmani in Sofia for the signing of a new agreement similar to Prespa, including constitutional changes to define the existence of the Macedonian nation and language as of 1945.
“I want to make something clear about relations with Bulgaria and my visit there: there’s no new agreement, only strengthening mutual cooperation at multiple levels. Both countries are openly discussing all issues stemming from the Friendship Agreement and are working to ensure commissions’ activities resume uninterrupted. The joint multidisciplinary commission on historical and educational issues will meet on Thursday and Friday in Skopje, thus making a step towards achieving agreement provisions,” read the FM’s post.
He stressed that his visit to Bulgaria was successful because it strengthened bilateral communication, but most importantly, it reaffirmed common interest in North Macedonia’s EU prospects.
“This is what I said publically in Sofia and was reaffirmed by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva. Now, I call for political maturity. Relations with neighbors aren’t regulated by fueling speculation,” Osmani wrote, stressing that all political stakeholders have a responsibility to work on achieving EU aspirations.