FM Dimitrov: New reform government ready to make Macedonia part of EU and NATO

The new reform government is seriously prepared and firm in its determination to make Macedonia part of the European Union and NATO, which is favorable not only for the country but also for the region and the accession process, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said at a meeting of the Brdo-Brijuni Process in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia.

Strengthening the institutions, restoring the rule of law, promoting the culture of dialogue and compromise are Macedonia's arguments for accelerated Euro-Atlantic integration, he said.

Independent, solid institutions are the pillar of stability of countries, while EU should remain sincere in evaluating the reform and democratic processes, the new Macedonian FM said.

'Our task is to work on qualitative transformation of our society, to ensure responsible governance and independent institutions. Our goal is to build modern European democracy, while EU should fairly valorize the reforms to that effect. The EU and NATO membership is our strategic priority,' Dimitrov said.

On the event's sidelines, Dimitrov had bilateral meetings with his Slovene, Croatian and Serbian counterparts, Karl Erjavec, Davor Stier and Ivica Dacic respectively, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release on Sunday.

He also had brief conversation with German President Frank Walter-Steinmeier and Alain Richard, the French foreign minister's special envoy for economic relations with the Western Balkans.